Keira Knightley wants to shock you

Last updated 10:49 05/07/2013

Keira Knightley stars in this shocking new short film to raise awareness for the UK's domestic abuse charity.
WARNING: Graphic content.

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This advertisement from UK charity, Women's Aid shows actress Keira Knightly suffering shocking physical abuse from her partner. The disturbing ad was directed by Joe Wright who has already made Pride and Prejudice and Atonement with Knightley.

"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," Knightley told UK newspaper The Guardian. "Domestic violence affects one in four women at some point in their lifetime and kills two women every week," she said of the UK statistics. 

According to the World Health Organisation's first international study into domestic violence, 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced sexual violence, most often perpetrated by a partner. Nearly 30 per cent of women worldwide have suffered physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of their intimate partner

Closer to home, one in three women experience psychological or physical abuse from a partner in their lifetime according to the Women's Refuge, while nine per cent of New Zealand men suffer from unwanted and distressing sexual contact from a partner over their lifetime according to AreYouOk.Org.Nz.

The problem is rife, and it's happening right here, right now - our police are called to around 200 family violence situations every day. That's one every seven minutes (probably the time it took you to watch the video and then read this). 

- Need help? Call Are You Ok on 0800 456 450 or Women's Refuge on 0800 REFUGE (733 843). Want to help? Visit AreYouOk.Org.Nz and Women's Refuge to find out how. 

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