Video installation works to show how it is difficult to ‘just walk away’ from domestic abuse

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Published Nov 5, 2018, 7:58 PM

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 someone looks through the peephole, a video plays of an abusive male outside of an apartment door.

A message then appears on the screen stating, “You can just walk away. Some women can’t.” The Battered Women’s Support Services is hoping that this campaign will work to educate the public when it comes to leaving a violent relationship, it is not as simple as just walking away.

Angela Marie MacDougall is the Executive Director of Battered Women’s Support Services, and she joins us to discuss the interactive campaign, why the North Vancouver location was chosen, and how many requests for services the BWSS responds to every year.

Guest: Angela Marie MacDougall

Executive director of Battered Women's Support Services

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