15 Celebrities Who Have Spoken Out Against Domestic Violence

salma hayekIf you think you don't know anyone affected by domestic violence, think again: An estimated 1 in 3 women (and 1 in 4 men) have been suffered from some type of physical violence at the hands of an "intimate partner" in their lifetime. And domestic violence does not only describe physical abuse, as it also includes sexual and/or psychological violence and emotional abuse. Unfortunately, many people suffer in silence (typically out of fear or lack of resources to help them leave abusive situations). That's why it's so important for celebrities to use their fame and influence (and means) to speak out on behalf of those who can't.


Whether it's because they have firsthand experience with abuse or simply because they want to help others have a voice, more and more celebs -- including some of your favorite actors and musicians -- are doing their part to put a stop to domestic violence. Check out our slideshow to see what they're doing to help and how they're adding their voices to the conversation.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic abuse, you can find help and support at DVIS.org, the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or by contacting your local women's shelter (domesticshelters.org).

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