Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies


Multi-Disciplinary Program

First Advisor

Dr. Sudeshna Roy

Second Advisor

Dr. Joyce Johnston

Third Advisor

Dr. Cindy Davis

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Wilma Cordova


This paper critically examines the ways in which US government organizations that provide help for domestic violence victims and traditional news media, specifically The New York Times, communicate the various factors of domestic violence and its victims. The author provides a focused literature review of gender, sexism, race, power, and voice, related to the idea of domestic violence in the US society and culture today. The literature review also demonstrates the need to investigate this issue as represented through mediated forums in the backdrop of the 2016 Trump Presidential campaign. The analysis reveals that communication about domestic violence encompasses the larger cultural undertones propagated during the 2016 Presidential election - those of sexism, racism, and exclusionary practices against certain ethnicities and religions.

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