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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Keira Knightley's Anti-Domestic Violence Public Service Announcement

London-born actress Keira Knightley has been cast in several tough girl roles, from bounty hunter Domino Harvey, a re-imagining of Queen Guinevere in Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur, to pirate captain Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.  But none of those can really prepare you for the gut wrench that you will feel watching this public service announcement bringing light to the issue of domestic violence against women.

According to the friend who sent me the link to this video, it's not for the faint of heart.  And I agree with the blogger on whose site I viewed it when they say that they cringe every time Knightley says, "Sorry we didn't agree to that. It wasn't in the script..."

The video is chilling and far too real, and has apparently stirred some controversy.  But it seems apt in these times where shock value seems to provide the most weight in getting a message out.

Domestic violence is not a problem in the United Kingdom only though, and its prevalence right here at home is "alarming", as admitted by the Minister of Social Development Amery Browne recently.  But there is help.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-SAVE (800-7283) provides 24-hour telephone counselling, support and access to safe accommodation.  There is more information to be found on additional services available, including community-based drop-in centres, at the GoTT's TTconnect site.

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