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Watching this public service announcement, created by Women's Aid in the UK, was a jolt of harsh reality. Millions of women are violently 'taken' by surprise like this everyday, and live in constant fear. I commend Keira Knightly for filming this.The statistics at the end of the video, are sadly worse here in the U.S. The message, however, is universal.
Trigger Warning: Even though this is a short public service video, there is extreme violence that may trigger strong emotions for some:

According to research by Mother Jones:
Domestic violence is the No. 1 cause of injury to women. The incidents add up to more than all the rapes, muggings, and car accidents women experience each year. One out of every four women in the United States will be physically injured by a lover in her lifetime. That translates into a woman being assaulted every nine seconds in America. Immigrant women are beaten at higher rates than US citizens, and African American women are subjected tothe most severe forms of violence. Not surprisingly, a shaky economy just makes these numbers worse.
If you're in an abusive relationship, or know someone who may be, there is help:

Call: 800-799-SAFE or visit National Domestic Violence Hotline

Women's Aid is a leading national organization that has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974. You can donate at their site.

(Thank you Gooserock.)

Cross-posted in Liberals Unite

Originally posted to Leslie Salzillo on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 11:03 AM PDT.

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