Gender-based violence is a controversial topic in the Dominican Republic that affects many families, and is a cause of more than 200 women dying every year from it. Journalists have an important influence in the country, making information more noticeable and memorable. Using framing theory, this study analyzed news stories reported by three Dominican newspapers (El Diario Libre, Listin Diario, and Grupo Corripio) to identify news frames and gender stereotypes in Emely Peguero’s coverage, who was a pregnant young woman murdered by her boyfriend in the Duarte Province of the Dominican Republic. A quantitative content analysis of (N = 185) news stories covering the murder’s date, August 31st, 2017 through the final trial date, November 9th, 2018, was completed. Results show that most of the coverage employed the crime and justice frame that focused on information related to the court hearing, enforcement of the law, the sentence and the punishment of the perpetrator. The violent male stereotype was also visible in (n = 22) stories highlighting the violent act committed by Marlon Martinez. There was also a significant relationship between stories that presented a violent male stereotype and used a victim-blaming news frame.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Parricide--Dominican Republic--In mass media; Peguero, Emely--Death and burial--In mass media; Women--Violence against--Dominican Republic

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Communication and Media Technologies (MS)

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School of Communication (CLA)


Ammina Kothari

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Claudia Bucciferro

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Grant Cos


RIT – Main Campus

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