Crime

Image Of Domestic Abuse Scene Shocks Twitter (Photo)

| by Michael Doherty

A London police officer posted a chilling photo to Twitter, saying police found the terrifying scene at a domestic assault call.

"A few weeks back a colleague of mine went to a domestic assault & found this when he entered," said Inspector Jack Rowlands, sharing an image of a staircase with knives stuck into each step, some colored cards scattered around, and what appears to be a bullet or bullet replica on one stair.

The picture was reportedly taken inside of a home in Isleworth, west London. According to Rowlands, a life was saved and a man was arrested and charged during the incident.

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Commenters online were shocked by the photo, saying that it looked like it was from an Alfred Hitchcock movie, according to the Mirror, referring to the famous suspense movie director.

"That is completely terrifying," tweeted one user. "Poor, poor woman."

"OMG, it's like something from a horror movie," said another.

"Absolutely disgusting and a shocking reminder of how perpetrators behave," said another user. "There is help out there. Seek help please."

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After seeing Twitter's reaction, Rowlands followed up on his tweet.

"Lots of comments & shock about this picture," he wrote. "An image that raises the awareness of #domesticviolence and how much more is needed to be done."

When a commenter asked him about the significance of the colored cards, Rowlands responded that he needed to ask him friend about them.

Guy Slade, 42, was reportedly charged with common assault, and is due to appear on April 4 at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court.

Over 4 million women experience physical violence by a partner each year, The Huffington Post reports. In 2011, 1,509 women were reportedly killed by men that they knew in 2011.

One-fourth of women will experience severe violence from a partner in their lives, while 2 in 5 gay or bisexual men will face violence from a partner, as well as one-half of lesbian women. Black women face a 35 percent higher chance of being abused by a partner than white white women.

"Domestic violence does not discriminate," says the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which helps victims of abuse. "Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim -- or perpetrator -- of domestic violence. It can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating. It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels."

The hotline includes advice for a number of different types of abuse and domestic violence, including physical, emotional, financial, sexual and digital abuse.

"Remember, each type of abuse is serious, and no one deserves to experience abuse of any kind, for any reason," says the hotline.

Sources: Mirror, Twitter, Huffington Post, National Domestic Violence Hotline / Photo credit: Dana McMahan/Flickr, Jack Rowlands/Twitter

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