Sir Patrick Stewart is distinguished British actor, much beloved for his Star Trek and X-Men roles, among others. He’s recognized for his strong and authoritative voice, a talent that has brought him into high demand for voice-over acting. Less well known but perhaps much more importantly, he has spent years lending his strong voice to the campaign against domestic violence – something that he himself experienced as a child and that in recent years he speaks about openly.

Recently, he was participating in an event called Comicpalooza when an attendee asked him about his work in the area of domestic violence. His response to her is exceptionally personal and moving – it’s well worth a few minutes of your time to see it.

Stewart talks about how domestic violence colored his own life. Today, he speaks out about the topic for Amnesty International and for the United Nation’s Million Man Pledge campaign to end violence against women. In Stewart’s own words, “The people who could do most to improve the situation of so many women and children are in fact men. It’s in our hands to stop violence to women.”

Here is another video with Patrick speaking about his experiences with domestic violence.

He speaks about the way that in times gone by, this was a hidden problem – no one spoke up, there was an unspoken code of silence to ignore things. We’ve talked before about how domestic violence is an issue that frequently spills over into the workplace – we’ve spoken before about how employers can play a key role in cubing domestic violence.

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