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New French Domestic Violence PSA

French Domestic Violence Ad Makes the Point: Silence Is Deadly

A dog barking, schoolchildren yelling, or your neighbor's piano lessons can all blend into the background, but when the screams of an abused woman become white noise we have a problem. In this French PSA, the sounds of domestic violence become part of a man's everyday life, until the noise stops. The ad goes on to say that every day women are victims of violence, and some women die from it. Instead of waiting for the deadly silence, the ad prompts viewers to react and gives them a number they can call to report violence against women.

I appreciate that this PSA includes a specific call to action. Domestic violence easily upsets us, but it's much harder to know how to personally help solve the problem. This ad responds to that dilemma by telling the public that it's their responsibility to report individual cases before it's too late and a haunting silence fills the air. Would you or have you ever reported domestic violence?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
In OH, there's a law where if the cops have evidence of violence, they MUST arrest the aggressor. The woman does not press charges, the state does. The charges cannot be dropped, no matter what the woman says. I think it's a great thing. I agree, Bran, it's a horrible and complex problem. I hear people say, "It's the woman's fault for not getting out of it." It's so much more than that. What good is it to put your abuser behind bars if he'll get out six months later and bash your head in? No one here is making those sort of comments (thankfully) but it infuriates me to hear them. It's really not the sort of thing you can pass judgment on if you haven't experienced it.
Miss-Infamous Miss-Infamous 7 years
I can never imagine myself being in that situation I will never let a man disrespect me verbally or physically (I dont play that!) but there needs to be an awareness brought to this especially with young girls/women
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Glad you reported the cases, Bran. I think the reason some people don't report it is because they're afraid that if they do, the woman will deny the allegations and push the person who reported it out of her life. And then the person who's trying to help out feels even less like they can do something. It really is a complex issue.
bransugar79 bransugar79 7 years
I actually have reported cases of domestic violence; once when I was only about 10 years old. In both cases, the parties involved denied anything was going on and went back to life as usual. I think it's very important to step up to try to help those suffering in these situations, unfortunately, a lot of women and men who are being abused by their partners are too afraid to say or do anything to stop it. It's a really horrible and complex problem.
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