Interval House in Toronto is Canada’s oldest center for abused women and children. It recently contributed efforts to produce a video that tackles the issue of domestic violence. I hope that the video will generate constructive conversation toward ending domestic violence.
About the Interval House video on domestic violence
Recently, Interval House partnered with KBS Toronto to create the “Alternative Ending” video after the media storm and public outcry of the video in which NFL’s Ray Rice knocked out his partner Janay Parker. The domestic violence in the Ray Rice video was difficult for me to watch, but I was not impressed with public comments about why she stayed with him.
Having been one of the abused women out there, I know it’s not a choice. Often the victim is scared to leave due to verbal threats from the abuser or is brainwashed into believing that the abusive actions are done out of love.
In the new video “Alternative Ending,” a couple is in an argument behind closed elevator doors. I thought to myself as I watched it that the elevator doors could easily be swapped for the front door of a house or a bedroom door. Much violence occurs secretly behind closed doors. In the other video of Ray Rice, it’s obvious that he assumed the elevator incident was private and not caught on tape.
Watch the “Alternative Ending” video here:
In “Alternative Ending,” the elevator doors open, and a second woman walks in. She leaves with the initial woman in the video. The initial woman is not abused as she leaves the situation before that can happen.
The video offers a strong message that there are solutions for domestic violence, and it’s important to educate people about them. Rather than saying, “Why did she stay?” let’s say, “Why did he hit her?”
OR better yet, for those currently in domestic violence situations, “How can an abused woman get out of there NOW?” And that help that a woman needs NOW can come from you, me, or someone else who steps into that elevator and reaches out a hand to assist her.
A final note
Of course, I realize that men are victims of domestic abuse too. I recently met one, and he opened up to me about it. I am focusing here on women being abused because the post centers around the Interval House, which is a shelter for abused women and children.