This video shows a social experiment carried out in the UK earlier this year. In the first scenario the man is the aggressor. He starts out raising his voice as he argues with his partner. The argument gets louder until he puts his hands on her. Very quickly the surrounding onlookers jump in and offer the girl some support. One man says his office is across the road and that she can come in to take shelter from her “abusive” partner if she likes.
In the second scenario the roles are reversed. The woman is the antagonist and the man is the one being abused. In this scenario the onlookers don’t jump in to save the man. In fact they do quite the opposite casting bemused glances while chuckling to each other.
How would you react?