Ban the release of the game that turns domestic violence into a spectator sport

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The trailer for PlayStation video game Detroit: Becoming Human shows that the game depicts domestic violence.

Domestic and family violence is a serious and traumatic issue faced by hundreds of Australian women and children, and portrayals of domestic violence should not be used as entertainment.

The trailer for this video game shows that gamers can play in the role of an android housekeeper that witnesses the physical abuse of a young girl by her single father. The trailer shows vile scenes including the father choking the female android character, and heading up stairs after his daughter to beat his daughter with his belt.

A video game that capitalises on domestic violence and turns it into a spectator sport, while perpetuating domestic violence stereotypes, is one that could further traumatise victims and survivors, and normalise the behaviour for impressionable players.

The game is by French developers Quantic Dream, for release on PlayStation 4. If you care to watch the disturbing trailer, watch here with our advisory warning.

We are calling for the Australian Classifications Board to ban the video game in Australia, and for Sony Australia to stop the Australian release of the game next year.

Sign this petition and join us in calling for a ban on this video game in Australia.



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