This Unnerving Wedding Registry Surprised Bridal Show Attendees With Artifacts of Abuse

'Broken Bride Registry' raises awareness of domestic violence

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Cigarette-Burn Cream. Cried-All-Night Sunglasses. Jealous-Rage Bandages. A Don’t-Talk-Back Arm Sling.

You’ll find such “gift ideas” on The Broken Bride Registry, a darkly potent campaign from Canada designed to raise awareness of spousal abuse, which ranks as that nation’s top form of violence against women.

Each product corresponds to a real-life story of abuse. For example, the bandages symbolize the struggle of a woman stabbed by her husband just before Christmas, while Locked-Fridge Protein Bars represent the hunger and shame another wife endured when her spouse made her go without food for days at a time.

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