Today more and more women are coming forward to share their personal experience with domestic abuse. Female celebrities aren’t exempt from the problem, but more often than not, abusers are able to bounce back in their careers. We’ve seen males involved in either the sports, film or music industry get away unscathed after a domestic violence scandal and it’s quite shocking. Celebrities are merely a small fraction of the population, but there’s a long list of stars who’ve either been abused or are the abuser which means, outside of Hollywood, the list only grows on a much bigger scale. The issue is rampant in society so it’s important to shed some light on the subject and spread awareness. Here’s a list of 9 female celebrities who have spoken out about their abusive relationships in the hopes of helping other women:
9. Halle Berry
Like many victims of domestic violence, Halle Berry has chosen to use her experience to help other women. In 2015 she attended a benefit for domestic violence prevention and intervention and spoke about how she not only grew up in a household with domestic violence, but she herself has also been a victim of abuse. “I saw my mother battered and beaten many years of my life and I felt helpless…I have an understanding, a knowing. I feel like I have something that I can impart to these women. It seems like I’ve overcome it, but I really haven’t. In the quiet of my mind, I still struggle,” she said. In 1996, Berry revealed to People magazine that she was abused by a former boyfriend. She said she was hit so hard her eardrum was punctured. She’s never mentioned her abuser by name, but it’s been presumed in the past that her ex-husband, David Justice, was the culprit. Justice, however, has adamantly denied these claims and stated it was a former Hollywood boyfriend who she dated prior to him. When she made the comments back in the 90’s people assumed it was Justice, but Berry has never actually identified the man and some speculate it could also have been Wesley Snipes.