Halle Berry on Breaking the Domestic Violence Cycle

Halle Berry speaks on breaking the cycle of domestic violence...

Raval Davis Jun, 17, 2011

Halle Berry continues to spread awareness about domestic violence.

At a dinner for Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, the 44-year-old actress joined Mayor Bloomberg, Revlon’s Ron Perelman, Mayor’s Fund Co-Chairman Mike Muse and singer Estelle to raise money for the Family Justice Centers.

Berry shared her own story of how watching her mother battered affected her. “When I was a girl and my mother had the s**t kicked out of her, her self-esteem moved onto me,” she said.

“I devalued myself and thought I wasn’t worth it. I chose partners that mimicked my father. It was only when I was in an abusive relationship and blood squirted on the ceiling of my apartment and I lost 80% of my hearing in my ear that I realized, I have to break the cycle.”

She added, “I want women to stand up and break the silence and get rid of the shame and the fear and find a way to stand up for themselves.”

We couldn’t agree more, Halle. Thanks for spreading the message.

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