Monday, August 09, 2010

London Police say: if you hear something, say something.

"Nearly 1 in 5 murders in London are the result of domestic violence," claims this interactive video via the city's Metropolitan Police. It's part of a new campaign tagged, "You make the call. We'll make it stop." It opens on a man reading who is interrupted by the noise of an increasing violent disturbance in the next flat. You are prompted to click a box "if you think you should call 999 (the UK's 911)." If you do click, you're taken to another video where the man calls, and the police show up. If you don't click, well, it doesn't sound good. More info on the campaign here. Previously in: domestic violence awareness advertising.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could anyone hear that and NOT call 999? What does it take? Neighbours of mine related to me a similar incident from a previous evening (I did not hear it, as I live too far away from the incident). When I asked them, did they not call 999, they said, "Well, the people were foreign and so that behaviour was normal for them."

How could they NOT call? And they were women.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Problem, Reaction, Solution.

"They" create a problem, we scream for a solution, and the solution usually moves us in the direction of "their" agenda.
I guess what I am saying here is: this a direction for us to police each other.
If it is perceived as domestic violence- yes all good- by all means make the call.
But let us not fall into the baby steps that takes us to the point of when we stop wanting to succumb to their minutia BS- all their rules which pervade and control our lives: and lest us not become accustomed to ratting on each other -those who refuse to give in to the mass manipulation.

3:12 PM  
Blogger ├ůsk Dabitch said...

I came home to my NYC apartment once, to hear a very heated fight from the next door building. It gradually got louder, and when the woman screamed as if she was seriously hurt, I was on the phone to 911 pleading with them to send a car immediately.

Ten minutes later, it was silent, and the cops who came up to my apartment spent more time hitting on me than trying to figure out where the fight-noise had come from. Good times.

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A month ago I basically had this ad happen to me. My neighbors were yelling and sounding violent. It took me a long time to decide to call the cops. (15 mins?) When you're in this sorta situation, it's a lot harder to call the police than it seems. You wonder if your neighbors are just arguing or if it's actual violence. And if you do decide to get involved you suddenly find yourself having a very scary problem that wasn't yours 15 mins ago. Not an easy thing to embrace when you're in that situation.

This is a really good ad.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if they will do a version when the woman has lost her temper about something and throws things at him, or uses some household item as a weapon?

I wonder if the reaction would be the same in calling the police to stop the attacks before the man dies...

I kinda doubt it. I feel The kind of domestic violence performed by women is often overlooked or discounted.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how could they not call i know how it feels i live in a house hold where i do one thing and i get hit and my neighbor says she hears it but she dont want to cause no problems but i moved away and im living with my real dad and now im as happy i can ever be

9:11 PM  

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