The amount of people who walk by this altercation between a man and woman in this domestic violence social experiment is unbelievable.
Domestic violence is a very real issue and unfortunately many people feel that it is not their place to get involved in a situation if they see something happening. This is a disturbing trend that goes both ways, and needs to stop.
“The CDC reports that ‘on average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.’”
Adding that “nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4 percent and 48.8 percent, respectively).”
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, “Domestic violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different. But one thing most abusive relationships have in common is that the abusive partner does many different kinds of things to have more power and control over their partners.”
The things that should be looked out for range from being shamed or put-down by your partner to being discouraged from seeing family or friends. The entire list of red flags to look out for can be found on the Domestic Violence Hotline website.
So the question in the video remains.
Would you help this woman in the video? Or would you continue walking like the people in the video, not wanting to get involved in someone else’s personal issues?
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, man or woman, please don’t hesitate to ask for help from places like The National Domestic Violence Hotline. They have the resources and ability to help those in need and can be contacted at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).