Patrick Stewart witnessed domestic abuse in his household while he was growing up.
“I heard police or ambulancemen, standing in our house, say, ‘She must have provoked him,’ or, ‘Mrs Stewart, it takes two to make a fight.’ They had no idea. The truth is my mother did nothing to deserve the violence she endured. She did not provoke my father, and even if she had, violence is an unacceptable way of dealing with conflict. Violence is a choice a man makes and he alone is responsible for it.”
The big problem here is the habit of blaming the victim. This has always been a thing. It shouldn’t still be, but it is.