It’s been a tough year for Amber Heard.
What with the very public breakdown of her marriage to actor Johnny Depp, and those domestic abuse allegations – and the horrid internet trolling that followed – the star has undoubtedly found 2016 to be a difficult one.
Now, though, the actress has decided to use her platform for something very important. And we’re offering her applause.
Shedding light on the realities that can come with suffering at the hands of domestic abuse, the 30-year-old has spoken out as part of a raw and emotional video for GirlGaze, entitled Amber Heard Speaks Up.
The video, which has been shared across the organisations’ social media channels, has been made to honour and support the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Towards Women.
Touching on some of the thoughts that can cross the minds of those that have experienced a form of abuse from a partner, whether it’s physical or otherwise, Amber says, ‘How is this happening to me? I’m strong, smart, I’m not a victim.’
She later notes, ‘I guess there was a lot of shame attached to that, the label of ‘victim’’.
Amber said, ‘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.’
Talking about using her platform to do something good, the star explained, ‘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.’
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She added that something big needs to change in order for attitudes to be altered.
Amber said, ‘We need to take responsibility for how we talk about these things. The only way people are going to feel comfortable coming forward, raising their voices and standing up for themselves, is if we change the system in place that keeps them quiet.
‘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.’
We told you it was important.