Safe Horizon Joins Campaign to End Domestic Violence as Entertainment on Reality TV

Posted on: Thursday, October 4, 2012

Keywords: Sil Lai Abrams, reality television, domestic violence, domestic violence awareness, Vh1, Safe Horizon,, reality TV programs

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To commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Safe Horizon joins, a media advocacy organization, in its mission to end the cable industry’s use of domestic violence as entertainment on reality television.

Safe Horizon board member Sil Lai Abrams, herself a survivor of domestic violence, is leading the effort to address the issue of reality television’s promotion of intimate partner violence and negative stereotypes about women. and Safe Horizon believe that the use of domestic violence as entertainment should not be condoned nor accepted. Research has shown that there is a link between our media consumption and our behavior.  On reality television, domestic violence is not only highlighted, but often encouraged - simply for the purpose of increasing ratings, with no regard to the impact the violence has on those watching it.

This form of “entertainment” normalizes violent behavior and sends a message to viewers that abusive behavior is not only acceptable, but rewarded. is asking that cable networks such as Vh1 hold themselves accountable for the negative impact certain reality shows have on their viewers.

To learn more about this campaign please visit Visitors may also go directly to’s petition at to join the effort to change the way women and intimate partner violence are portrayed on reality television.

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