Sir Patrick Stewart has written a moving article for the New Statesmen about how victims of domestic violence are failed by police and other state agencies.
Stewart has been very open about his own childhood, and how his mother was regularly physically abused by his father.
In the article, he recalls that on the "many occasions" police were called to his house, they would suggest his mother "must have provoked" his father, or say, "Well, Mrs Stewart, it takes two to make a fight."
Stewart writes that while as a child he "didn't have the words to explain" to the police what was really happening, as an adult, "I can tell the truth" – the truth being that the police "failed" in their duty to protect Stewart and his mother.
"They left us powerless and vulnerable," he says.
Stewart concludes his powerful article by stating that "our system is broken", and that "women and children continue to die in large numbers because they are not given the support and protection they deserve".
You can read the entirety of Sir Patrick Stewart's article over at the New Statesmen.