The Axe House, in Spennymoor, County Durham, is giving locals an opportunity to hurl hatchets at pictures of former partners for ‘a laugh’ – but not everyone is finding the event funny.
For £22 per person, customers can pin snaps or other items such as wedding dresses and suits, to the target boards and ‘Axe the Ex’.
Guests can choose from 18 throwing implements – including standard hatchets, 4lbs felling axes, ninja stars, knives, and shovels.
But Women’s Aid has now accused the attraction of ‘trivialising domestic abuse’.
Spokesperson Teresa Parker said: ‘While an event like this might seem light-hearted and fun to many, to those who have experienced domestic abuse, it can send a very different message.
‘We know at Women’s Aid that post-separation is the most dangerous time for survivors of domestic abuse, with that being the time where abuse can increase and women are most likely to be killed – and this event encourages people to throw axes at photos of their ex.
‘The organisers need to be aware that even if it is not their intention, for women who are scared of their partners and fearful of their lives, this event could be seen as trivialising domestic abuse.
‘We’d encourage them to think about this in their promotion of the event, and how the event itself runs on the day.’
Brothers Chris and Callum Tingle said they decided to set up ‘Axe the Ex’ as a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ idea for those not celebrating Valentine’s Day this year.
Chris said: ‘Not everyone wants to celebrate Valentine’s with chocolates and candles and all the other fluffy stuff.
‘Some people might be single, might be choosing to hang out with friends or colleagues. We’re offering a tongue-in-cheek event to entertain and make what could be a depressing evening for singletons, a really good laugh.’
The ‘Axe the Ex’ event is still going forward, and is running until Valentine’s Day.
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