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Keira Knightley Gets Beat Up in Domestic Violence PSA — Effective?

It's not her typical role, but Keira Knightly will star in a two-minute clip that depicts her being violently kicked and beaten by a man. The graphic spot will begin airing April 6. After the powerful images, the screen says: "two women die from domestic violence every week."

Do you think the powerful images will help save women's lives by bringing images of domestic violence out of the shadows?

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This really made my skin crawl. I do think it's effective, though. I just wish we could do more. How many women stick around and end up dead because they don't have those moments of enlightenment? I feel as though I see at least three stories a week (sometimes more) of a woman being killed by her man. Ridiculous, and we as a nation just don't really talk about it much. Why don't we?
stephley stephley 8 years
Looked at in that way Luna, the PSA does make more sense - a woman who thinks of herself as in control of her life probably would convince herself she could handle the guy inside the apartment. Momma, it's good that you got out. In high school (Catholic) we had classes in which the nuns actually handed out sheets about 'what makes a good woman' and they included things like always putting his needs first, reaching deep to be understanding enough (I got in trouble for calling them prescriptions for insanity)... but in my one relationship with a meanie, I would catch myself thinking about those sheets and wondering was I just thinking about myself when I wanted the arm-twisting to stop. I think women get a lot of mixed messages about how we're supposed to behave and when they couple with a negative sense of self-worth you've got a perfect victim.
luna08 luna08 8 years
It also reminded me of Rachel Leigh Cook's PSA. Raw and startling.
luna08 luna08 8 years
I read that they filmed it this way to reach out to a segment of women who aren't typically targeted for DA awareness. It's obviously a response to Rihanna and addresses the fact that any women, no matter what her financial postition, an be a victim of DA. I thought it was really good. We think of abused women as "unprotected", and not having anyone to step in for them (even though this is often not true, it's a perception). Celebrities have bodyguards and still end up in abusive relationships! Any woman can be a victim.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
I was in a mentally abusive relationship for months thinking that everything he told me was the truth. It didn't come out of him till about the 2nd month. Before him I'd dress up nicely, always do my hair, and make-up. After him I started dressing down...I mean I couldn't even wear pig tails because he thought it seemed sexual in a way. :shrug: I was extremely weak and I never knew why. I was never like that. I dont know how I got stuck in that. One day I saw an old guy friend and (in front of him) I hugged him and started talking to him. That night he snapped and had me in a headlock for about an hour while I was crying. He was saying real crazy things too. Funny thing is that once he did that something snapped in my head and I asked myself "what the fuck am I doing here?". So I left him. He tried coming over a few times but I had my stepfather curse him out. Its hard to figure WHY women get into these situations. My friend was in a very physical relationship that almost cost her her life 3 times. She still doesn't know how it happened.
ShelleyHFan ShelleyHFan 8 years
Yes my aunt is abused as well and I agree with those that are saying it needs to be explained why people end up in these relationships...when I was in High School it was mandatory to take health and we covered abusive men won't always beat up a women were it would be visible, how it's psychological...I mean no one is talking about the "honeymoon stage" in these relationships. Supposedly my grandfather beat up my grandma and these things can come from witnessing abuse in your own home so it's sort of not surprising that my Aunt ended up in an abusive relationship and she is from another country were plenty of people will say that hitting a women is wrong but they don't know what to do about people who become abusers anymore than we do in the US were there are so many more resources and a lot more education. She has no idea that she is an an abusive relationship, she just thinks that got stuck with the wrong guy. I've explained to my mom and she doesn't want to get involved. People have said things when it got to be too much but mostly they allow it to happen as well. And that bothers me.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Wow Nya what a horrible story.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
That's a sad story nya. I send my best wishes to your family.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
No stars. Doesn't make sense.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
My aunt was in a very very very abusive marriage for over 10 years. We all knew but she refused help so everyone acted like nothing was going on. One weekend she comes with her husband to our house since her and my mum are super close and her husband verbally abused her and threatened to hit her in front of my parents. My mom hit him and then threatened to kill him if he touched her cousin one more time, my sister and I come running out the kitchen, my dad is holding my back while she's yelling, my aunt is crying, he's yelling. It was so bad. Anyway he was told to leave and to not ever come back and they forced my aunt to stay cos they thought he would kill her for sure. She only stayed for 2 days and then went back for another 5 years and left after she found out he was molesting their daughter. If that hadn't happened she'd still be getting hit and this is woman with a six figure income
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
This is just so disturbing. I'm sure it will raise awareness about domestic violence but I don't think it will help women already in those situations.
outtajo outtajo 8 years
I wonder if this isn't too over the top? It comes across like a Hollywood movie and I could see most people looking at this and thinking, "Wow, that would never happen to me." Yes, women do get violently and dramatically beat up by their partners. But I think, more often, women are hit once and think "he won't do it again." Then they're hit again and/or they're mentally abused, but think "he's just in a bad mood," etc. And it continues little by little. A woman who gets violently beat to the degree in this PSA is likely to need medical care, and perhaps more likely to realize that the behavior is unacceptable, whereas the more subtle or sporadic physicial violence or threats are more easily, and more often, excused -- though no less terrible.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Thanks cab! I mean haus! ;) I love the new goodies in your avie! :feedme:
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
great comments harts!
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Thanks blue for the compliment. :)
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Just in case someone thinks I was saying anything neg about SAHM: It's an avenue often taken is all. I wasn't saying that ALL sahm's are being abused. Just had to make that clear. :)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
"Another thing they might do is make the person dependent on them. I'll work you stay home, and then moves her from friends and family, eventually she has no money and no way to support herself." Great point. The mental abuse is a huge part of this sad situation.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Thanks Steph! :)
MSucre MSucre 8 years
I wonder what Rihanna thinks about this?
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
this won't change the fact for many women, usually they leave a bad relationship in a coffin
stephley stephley 8 years
Good info Harts, don't apologize. :thumbsup:
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I'm not sure either that it would encourage other women to get help. On the other hand maybe they might see it and realize how wrong it is for them to stay with something like that. But, I think that's a big maybe. I do think it might make others more aware of it. However people don't really understand why women get into those situations in the first place. THAT is what I think should be more advertised. How PEOPLE (because men get into abusive relationships too) get into these relationships. The abuse is a slow process. Usually they prey on women (or men) with low self esteem but not always. They also usually act in need of the person (victim) first. Also abuse isn't just beating. And there are other signs of an abusive person. His hitting the wall is a big sign. He may do that often to scare or manipulate. Another thing they might do is make the person dependent on them. I'll work you stay home, and then moves her from friends and family, eventually she has no money and no way to support herself. Sorry to long a comment. :oops:
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I thought the same thing. Guy in the window - run. Bloodly mirror - run. I'm with roarman. It'll bring awareness, but the women who are in these situtations are already in them. I don't think this PSA is going to encourage them to get help.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
I dont' think that a commercial will encourage woman who are being beaten to get help. It may bring awareness to the severity of the problem.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Yea just the outline of that man in the window would have made me turn back the fuck around. Its different but anything is better than nothing. Some women need more help than others in these situations.
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