On Friday night, a woman spotted a disgusting sign outside of Mini Bar in downtown Austin. The sign said, “I like my beer like I like my violence: Domestic.”
This sign would be inappropriate and shocking under any circumstances, but as October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this sign is even more tasteless.
More about this offensive incident after the jump. Domestic violence is not a laughing matter. One in four women will experience domestic violence, and one third of reported female homicides are the result of intimate partner violence. Despite its prevalence, domestic violence is one of the most underreported crimes in our country.
In 2011, 102 women in Texas died as a result of intimate partner violence. Over 16,000 calls (the majority from victims or survivors of domestic violence) were received from Texans by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and Texas ranks second in number of calls made to this important service.
Jokes about domestic violence have no place in our society, and it turns out that the management at Mini Bar couldn't agree more.
After finding the sign (written by an employee who no longer works at the establishment) and receiving complaints, the bar posted this sign outside the very next day:
“$1 of every Domestic beer sold will go toward the NCADV in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”
Though even one incident that trivializes domestic violence is too many, kudos to the management of Mini Bar for handling the situation with the gravity it deserved.