Amber Heard has spoken out about her domestic violence experience in a new public service announcement video.
Released for the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Friday, the two-minute video shows Heard sitting on a sofa and talking about her experience and feelings surrounding the issue.
“When it happens in your home, behind closed doors with someone you love, it’s not as straightforward,” said Heard.
Heard said that the media and the culture should “take responsibility on how we talk about this [issue]”.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
Heard filed her divorce with actor Johnny Depp in May, before putting in a restraining order against him in Los Angeles County Court days later.
In her court filing, Heard said that she “endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse” throughout the entirety of their relationship, and that “there was one severe incident in December 2015 when I truly feared for my life”.
Heard and Depp settled for a $7 million divorce in August. Heard’s lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell confirmed that “the settlement documents are being finalized and will be signed this week… Johnny is obligated by the settlement to pay Amber, and she in turn will honour her pledges to Children’s Hospital and the [American Civil Liberties Union].”