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Actress Keira Knightley stars in the new Women's Aid short called Cut, created for the charity’s fight against domestic violence campaign that launched last week.

The two-minute film is tense from beginning to end. The premise is simple: Knightly comes home from work. But on a darker note, it also portrays what many women endure regularly: coming home from work to an abusive partner. Cut packs a wallop, literally.

“While domestic violence exists in every section of society, we rarely hear about it,” said Knightly in a press release. “We may not think we know someone who has experienced domestic violence, but this does not mean that it is not happening.”

Grateful to have the celebrity involvement, Women’s Aid Chief Executive Nicola Harwin says, “We hope the Women’s Aid campaign will both increase public awareness of domestic violence, letting abused women and their families and friends know that there is help out there, and also raise vital funds for Women’s Aid, to help us to continue in our work.”

Since 1974, Women’s Aid has been providing practical and emotional support to victims of domestic violence. They not only develop awareness campaigns and education programmes, but have also been able to influence laws and policy.

“We will continue to help save lives and keep abused women and children safe until we can put a stop to domestic violence,” said Harwin.

“Domestic violence affects one in four women at some point in their lifetime and kills two women every week,” said Knightley. “Without the services provided by Women’s Aid, many more women could be at risk of being killed, yet without donations the charity may not exist this time next year. Please donate £2 a month to Women’s Aid to help save lives.”

On this movie set, “Isn’t it time someone called cut?”

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