Keira Knightley 2005

Earlier this year, Keira Knightley starred in one of the most intense domestic violence campaigns I’ve seen, ever.

The 28-year-old actress and her Atonement director Joe Wright teamed up with the UK’s Women’s Aid to make the two-minute video, which follows Knightley as she wraps up a scene on her current set and heads home to her abusive partner.

The incredibly disturbing and all-too-real scene that follows ends with: “Isn’t it time someone called cut?”

Knightley explains why she got involved with the campaign:

I wanted to take part in this advert for Women’s Aid because while domestic violence exists in every section of society, we rarely hear about it. We may not think we know someone who has experienced domestic violence, but this does not mean that it is not happening.

You can watch the video on YouTube, but again, it is extremely intense and graphic. It could act as a trigger for people who suffered abuse and domestic violence. Watch at your own discretion.

Here are some staggering domestic violence facts reported by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV):

  • One in four women experiences domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • Approximately 1.3 million women each year are abused by an intimate partner.
  • Women who are 20-24 years of age have the highest risk of nonfatal abuse by an intimate partner.
  • Most domestic violence incidents aren’t reported to the police.
  • 18.5 million mental health care visits each year are attributed to domestic violence.

If you or someone you know is being abused, or you want to contribute to ending domestic violence, please visit NCADV (US) and Women’s Aid (UK).

How do you feel about Knightley’s domestic violence campaign?

(Image Credit: Tony Shek)



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    Last reviewed: 9 Jul 2013

APA Reference
Sparks, A. (2013). Keira Knightley Stars in Domestic Violence PSA [WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT]. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 6, 2015, from



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