This is a social experiment to see how people react to domestic violence in a public setting. The results may surprise you.

Domestic violence is not a one-way street.

The idea that physical abuse among live in partners or married couples is strictly a women’s issue is far from reality. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 1 in 7 men aged 18 and older have reported being the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in U.S. While that number remains higher for American women – 1 in 4 — the occurrence of abuse against men may be surprising.

This video features a pair of actors showing a couple fighting aggressively in a London public space. When the man shouts at the woman and begins shoving her, bystanders quickly interfere. But, when the tables are turned and the woman plays the role of the physical aggressor, not a single person gets involved. In fact, he was photographed, laughed at, and ignored.

The experiment asks the question: Why do we view domestic violence against men as less serious — and sometimes even humorous — when, according to the American Medical Association, male victims feel guilt, shame, depression and withdrawal from relationships, just like women do?

*video credit: OckTV Via

Need help? Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224.


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