Amber Heard's Message About Domestic Violence Is One She Needs You to Hear


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Amber Heard's divorce from Johnny Depp earlier this year was big and messy and highly publicized, mostly because Amber cited domestic violence as the reason she wanted to split from Johnny. There was, predictably, a good deal of name-calling aimed at her when all this was going on -- but, in the end, Amber donated all the money she received from the settlement to charity. Now, on top of that, she's helping the cause even more: Amber just starred in an anti–domestic violence PSA and the honesty she showed was genuinely heartbreaking and inspiring. Her one major message? Choose yourself.

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Amber created the PSA with #GirlGaze, a multi-media project that aims to tell the stories of women, especially those in photography. If all goes well, Amber's message will reach women in abusive relationships and show them that leaving and thriving afterwards is possible. 

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In the video, Amber emphasizes how essential it was for her to have women around her who believed her unconditionally and supported her emotional (and legal) battles. It's not about her ex-husband (whom she never names, by the way) -- it's about the women who freed her from him.

"I think about that," she says in the clip. "If I hadn't had a few people that I really trust around me -- a few women for support, a few friends -- if I hadn't had them around me, how different would my life have been."

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And that really sums it up. In her message, Amber isn't just showing women that with the right resources they can "choose themselves" and leave abusive situations, she's telling the rest of us how essential it is that we stand up behind the women in our lives who need it.

She's also proving how important it is that well-known women use their platforms for good. Obviously, this has been a hard time for Amber. But she hasn't shied talking about her experiences or making good on promises to do something about it, and at the end of the day, that helps all of us. 

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