Video installation captures 'fear and sense of threat' faced by domestic abuse victims
Bus shelter in North Vancouver featured video of scene experienced by many victims, advocate says
Battered Women's Support Services set up a jarring installation at a bus shelter in North Vancouver to help people understand what it can be like for women experiencing domestic abuse.
At the bus shelter at Lonsdale Ave and 27th Street, a white door with a peephole was installed where a billboard usually would be.
When a passer-by looks through the peephole, a video plays showing an abusive male partner banging on the door and yelling, threateningly, to be let in.
At the end of the video, it gives the campaign's message: "You can walk away. Some women can't."
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"What we're doing today is giving an opportunity for people in this neighbourhood to have a first-hand experience of what women in abusive relationships go through," said Angela Marie MacDougall, executive director of Battered Women's Support Services.
"It's a way to have that visceral experience and recognition that for many women, they're unable to walk away."
The installation was only in place for a few hours Friday afternoon. MacDougall said the organization's goal was to reach a diverse sampling of the public and show them the "fear and sense of threat" faced by domestic abuse victims.
Passers-by who stopped to look through the peephole described it as a frightening, unsettling experience.
MacDougall said she hopes those feelings will keep awareness of domestic abuse front and centre — along with the need for services and housing to support women leaving abusive relationships
Listen to an audio mix with Angela Marie MacDougall:
With files from Rachel Sanders and CBC Radio One's On The Coast
Where to get help:
Rape Crisis Centre 24-hour crisis line: 604-255-6344 or toll free 1-877-392-7583
Battered Women's Support Services: 604-687-1867
VictimLink B.C.: 1-800-563-0808
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868; Live Chat counselling at kidshelpphone.ca
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