The video shows a straight couple on a night out in Temple Bar. The male partner begins demanding his girlfriend’s phone, becoming increasingly irrate as concerned passers-by look on.
The boyfriend then drags his girlfriend upstairs to an apartment where he verbally assaults her while horrified pedestrians stare up at the window. The apartment lights suddenly go dark during the climax of the argument.
“Over 300,000 people in Ireland have experienced severe abuse by a partners,” reads the text at the end of the video. “Be there for the people you know.”
“You’re not a bystander, you’re a witness.”
The video was filmed in Temple Bar with real-life on-lookers as unknowing extras.
The campaign, which is being shared across social media platforms with the hashtag #mydoorsopen, encourages people to “aims to increase the awareness of domestic and sexual violence, to bring about a change in established behaviours and attitudes and to activate bystanders with the aim of decreasing and preventing this violence and to change societal attitudes.”
“A bystander approach to ending domestic violence is about enabling people in the community to prevent and intervene if it is safe and legal to do so,” said Cosc in a statement sent to media outlets.
If you are affected by domestic violence or know someone who is, a full list of supportive organisations is available here.
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