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Amber Heard reaches out to domestic violence survivors in emotional plea (WATCH)

Meka Beresford November 27, 2016

Amber Heard reaches out to domestic violence survivors in a new PSA and opens up about her own experience with abuse.

Created in conjunction with the GirlGaze project, the short video features actor Heard making a PSA to domestic violence victims to speak up and seek out help.

Tabloid newspaper the Sun claimed in a sensational report that Amber Heard’s “bisexual tendencies” and a close friendship with Cara Delevingne led to the breakdown of her marriage with Johnny Depp.

However, the 30-year-old finalised her divorce with Depp amid allegations of domestic abuse and donated the whole of the $7 million divorce settlement to charity.

The clip was released on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

“How is this happening to me? I’m strong. I’m smart. I’m not a victim,” Heard starts off.

“There’s lot of shame attached. It happens to so many women and when it happens in your home behind closed doors with someone you love it’s not straight forward.

“It was pointed out to me that if a stranger did this it wouldn’t be ok.

“Telling someone safe is the beginning of choosing yourself. I went through it in the public arena and I have a unique opportunity to tell women you’re not alone.”

Heard went on to ask the media to reconsider the way it addresses domestic violence.

“It’s about how we deal with it and how we talk about it in the media. We need to take responsibility for how we talk about these things.”

She finishes off the video with a final ditch attempt at persuading victims of domestic violence to speak up.

“Speak up. Raise your voice. Your voice is the most powerful thing.”

You can watch the full PSA here:

More: Amber Heard, Charity, divorce, domestic violence, GirlGaze, PSA, US, violence

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