Amber Heard has something important to say.
In a #GirlGaze Project PSA about domestic violence released on Friday, Nov. 25, the actress discusses her experiences as a victim of domestic abuse in the first person.
āHow is this happening to me? Iām strong. Iām smart. Iām not a victim,ā the 30-year-old "The Danish Girl" star says in the two-minute video. āI guess there is a lot of shame attached to that label of victim. It happens to so many women. When it happens to you behind closed doors, with someone you love, itās not that straightforward. If a stranger did this... it would be a no-brainer.ā
Heard, who filed for and later withdrew a domestic violence restraining order against ex-husband Johnny Depp earlier this year, reminds viewers that domestic abuse is not always physical ā it can be mental and emotional.
āI have a unique opportunity to remind other women... this doesnāt have to be the way it is. You donāt have to do it alone. Youāre not alone. And also, we can change this. Violence against women is not limited to actual physical violence."
āIt is also about how we deal with it and how we talk about it in the media culture,ā she said. āWe need to take responsibility for how we talk about these things.ā
"How is this happening to me? Iām strong. Iām smart. Iām not a victim."
Heard can be seen holding back tears as she talks about how reaching out to friends allowed her to get help.
"Telling someone safe is the beginning of choosing yourself. Think about it. If I hadnāt had that, if I hadnāt had a few people that I really trust around me, a few women, support, a few friends, if I didnāt have them around me, how different my life would be."
Gabourey Sidibe, Freida Pinto and Amber Heard speak onstage during Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Glamour)
"I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him," Heard said in court documents.
Shortly after news broke of the divorce filing, photos of Heard sporting a bruise and cut lip, which she alleges were caused by Depp, appeared on the cover of People magazine.
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A video allegedly showing Depp fighting with Heard was also leaked to the press.
The former couple reached a divorce settlement in August, and Heard donated the entire $7 million settlement she received from Depp to charity.
In November, the "Aquaman" star honoured Emily Doe at the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards alongside Gabourey Sidibe and Freida Pinto. The actresses read part of the rape victim's impact statement, which went viral after it was published online.
Watch the full PSA below: