Amber Heard’s new video about domestic abuse is seriously emotional and super important

Amber Heard is speaking out against domestic violence, and what she has to say is so vital. Through her partnership with #GirlGaze, the talented actress released this new video, sharing her thoughts on the subject in a way that hits close to home, knowing that she, herself, has survived this type of violence.

The #GirlGaze project aims to “represent the intelligence, creativity, complexity and diversity of girls’ experience — across nation, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, economic background”. They do so by letting women take control of their narratives. As a result, they aim for more women behind the camera.

In this video, Amber Heard stresses how important it is for women to speak out against violence.

 “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.

One of the most striking moments in the video is how Amber expresses that the very intimacy of a domestic relationship can make it hard to speak out.

“As it was pointed out to me, if a stranger did this it would be a no brainer.

Nonetheless, she stresses the importance of telling safe, trusted friends:

"Telling someone safe is the beginning of choosing yourself."

Because of her experience as a survivor herself, there’s no doubt Amber Heard is helping many women in similar situations. Because one in four women will experience domestic violence , it’s wonderful to see her using her platform to raise awareness.

Thanks so much, Amber!