Tuesday 17 October 2017

'When it happens with someone you love, it's not straightforward' - Amber Heard tearfully opens up about domestic violence

Actress Amber Heard attends A24/DIRECTV's
Actress Amber Heard attends A24/DIRECTV's "The Adderall Diaires" Premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on April 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Image: Amber Heard speaking for the Girl Gaze Project on YouTube
Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Amber Heard has opened up about domestic violence, saying: "When it happens with someone you love, it's not straightforward."

In a two minute public service announcement video for the Girl Gaze Project, the actress fought back tears as she spoke about domestic violence.

At the start of the video, she recalls asking herself: "'How is this happening to me? I’m strong, smart, I’m not a victim.'"

"I guess there was a lot of shame attached to that, the label of victim,' she explained. It happens to so many women you know. When it happens in your home behind closed doors with someone you love, it’s not straightforward. If a stranger did this it would be a no-brainer."

Image: Amber Heard speaking for the Girl Gaze Project on YouTube
Image: Amber Heard speaking for the Girl Gaze Project on YouTube

The 30-year-old revealed that it was the support of her family and friends that got her through the difficult time, and urged women to speak up.

"If I hadn't had a few people that I really trust around me, a few women support, a few friends. If I hadn't had them around me, how different my life would be."

"As a woman having gone through this in the public stage, in the public arena that I did it in, I have a unique opportunity to remind other women that this doesn't have to be the way it is. You don't have to do it alone. You're not alone, and we can change this."

"The only way that people are going to feel comfortable coming forward, raising their voices, standing up for themselves, is if we change the system in place that keeps them quiet."

Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

"Speak up, speak up. Raise your voice, your voice is the most powerful thing and we, together, as women standing shoulder to shoulder cannot and will not any longer accept silence," she concluded the message.

Heard, who filed for divorce from her then husband of one year Johnny Depp in May, alleged that the actor was "verbally and physically abusive" throughout their relationship.

After a lengthy divorce battle, they reached a settlement in August and Heard requested that her $7 million from the divorce be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, E! News reports.

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