Halle Berry Talks Domestic ViolencePublished by Dior Noir on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm.
It’s not every day you hear Halle Berry speaking up and getting personal, but she recently lent her voice to a hot button news topic: domestic violence.
According to the Associate Press, the Oscar-winning actress has been a low-key volunteer on the night shift at the Jenesse center in LA for years, but for the first time she’s speaking out about how she relates to the topic directly. She told The Sunday Times: “I saw my mother battered, and could not do anything to stop it – my father was tyrannical, lashing out at her for no reason. I felt the effects that had on our family — I’ve experienced what these women have gone through.”
She continued: “I never had to run to a shelter, but I did choose the wrong partners. Not always good men. Luckily, in recent years, I have been smart enough to hit the door when violence even becomes a possibility. That is something I will not tolerate.”
No word on why Halle decided to speak on this now, but apparently she never forgave her father, a hospital porter, even as he lay dying with Parkinson’s disease in 2003, so it must’ve taken a lot of her to open up about this.
Thank you Halle! It’s nice to see a celebrity speaking out about an issue for the sake of helping out someone that’s going through the same thing, not because they’re promoting a project! Hopefully more people follow Halle’s footsteps and keep this discussion going, so we can all do our part to stop the violence!