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Amber Heard Speaks Up About Domestic Violence

04 Dec 2016

The actress releases a video urging women to speak up about domestic violence, after divorce from Johnny Depp

Her divorce from Johnny Depp turned extremely messy earlier this year after she accused the actor of being “verbally and physically abusive” towards her throughout their relationship.

And now, Amber Heard, has put the spotlight back on the pair’s tumultuous union by speaking out about domestic violence in a new video. The public service announcement that the actress has done for Girl Gaze Project encourages women to speak up about domestic violence and to "push back against the cultural projections and traditional gender roles imposed upon girls from the outside world".

Not a Victim

Clearly referring to the events that transpired between her and ex-husband Johnny, 30-year-old Amber tearfully tells the camera: “As a woman having gone through this in the public stage, I have a unique opportunity to remind other women this doesn't have to be the way it is, you don't have to do it alone, you're not alone.” She then grows more emotional and asks herself: “How is this happening to me? I’m strong, smart, I’m not a victim.” She concludes that there’s a lot of shame attached to being a victim of domestic violence and says: “When it happens in your home behind closed doors with someone you love, it’s not straightforward.”

Amber filed for divorce from Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny in May after one year of marriage and obtained a temporary restraining order against him. To back up her claims of domestic abuse, she provided pictures of her bruised face, along with witness statements. In response to her shocking allegations, Johnny’s lawyers claimed that Amber was “attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse”. The pair, who met on the set of The Rum Diary, reached a settlement in August with the actress receiving $7million, which she then donated to charity.