Ireland’s domestic violence problem is largely unreported and misunderstood, a fact that drastically needs to change.
Sadly, some 300,000 people - from all walks of life - have been severely abused by a partner in Ireland at some stage, and 2 in 5 people know someone who has experienced domestic violence.
And that is exactly why Cosc's #MyDoorsOpen campaign is so important; victims need to know that they are not alone.
In a bid to raise awareness of the importance of helping those who are suffering in silence, Cosc, The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence, organised two actors to have an argument on the streets of Dublin.
On display for the public, the fight continued as the couple entered an apartment; what happens behind the closed door is clearly visible from the shadows on the curtains.
Thankfully, this couple is only acting, but for so many people this is real life.
The aim of the initiative, which supports The Department of Justice and Equality’s domestic violence campaign, 'What would you do?', is to reduce the number of those who experience domestic abuse by letting victims know that they are not alone.
By sharing #MyDoorsOpen, you can let your social circle know that if one of them is a victim, you’ll be there for them.
While you cannot make someone leave a relationship if they are not ready to do so, you can still be there for them until they are ready.