Amber Heard is using her personal experiences to fight for the elimination of violence against women.
In honor of the European Union's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Towards Women, Heard spoke out about domestic abuse in a very real and emotional video for Amanda de Cadenet's multimedia GirlGaze Project. After filing for divorce from Johnny Depp in May, citing abusive behavior throughout the entirety of their relationship, the actress uses the video to passionately speak out about her experiences and how she hopes to help others get out of similar situations.
After reaching a divorce settlement in August of $7 million, Heard divided the entirety of the money between charities, particularly focusing on organizations that were in the fight to stop violence against women.
"If I hadn't had a few people that I really trusted around me, a few women, support, a few friends. If I hadn't had them around me, how different my life would be," Heard says in the clip.
"Violence against women is not limited to actual physical violence. It is also about how we deal with it and how we talk about it in the media and in our culture. And us taking responsibility for it is what really needs to change," she adds. "We need to take responsibility for how we talk about these things. It's the only way that people are going to feel comfortable in coming forward, raising their voices, standing up for themselves, is if we change the system in place that keeps them quiet."