This police inspector’s harrowing tweet about domestic abuse is making waves online, and for good reason: not only is it creepy, but it shows just how serious the problem can be.
Police entered a home in the London to find a 21 kitchen knives lodged into the stairway and a stray bullet resting on one of the steps. One of the officers took a picture of the scene, which Inspector Jack Rowlands uploaded as a reminder that domestic violence is no joke.
A few weeks back a colleague of mine went to a domestic assault & found this when he entered. Male arrested & charged. Life saved pic.twitter.com/HjHNFplrsO
— Chief Insp Jack Rowlands (@earlyyearscop) March 21, 2017
After taking in the disturbing scene, officers arrested a 42-year-old man for common assault.
Rowlands later added:
Lots of comments & shock about this picture. An image that raises the awareness of #domesticviolence & how much more is needed to be done
— Chief Insp Jack Rowlands (@earlyyearscop) March 22, 2017
And he was right — people were shocked.
OMG, it's like something from a horror movie!
— Felixstowe & Woodbridge Police (@FelixWoodPolice) March 21, 2017
@Dontlookback198 that is completely terrifying. Poor poor woman.
— Jean Hatchet (@JeanHatchet) March 22, 2017
that is utterly sinister
— Andre´ (@skibum999) March 21, 2017
— Cllr Susan O'Brien (@OBrienSusan) March 24, 2017
But some people pointed out that what may seem like a horror movie to some is others’ reality.
Its not shocking when youve lived like this
— Tweeter (@tweet_possible) March 22, 2017
for most Domestic Violence is two words with little meaning or understanding For those living with it its a daily reality.
— SomewhereCymru (@somewherecymru) March 22, 2017
Hopefully the picture will get people talking about the realities of domestic violence. While you probably won’t find this particular scene in every abuse victim’s house, that doesn’t mean that their horror and fear is any less real. One in three women and one in four men have been physically abused by a partner, which is a huge percentage of the population. Just because there aren’t knives lodged in the stairs doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.