Academy Award Winner Halle Berry sat down with CNN recently and discussed growing up in a household plagued by domestic violence. In her spare time she works with the Los Angeles Jenesse Centre, a shelter for domestic violence victims. This cause is dear to her as she witnessed her mother being abused by her father while growing up.
I think I’ve spent my adult life dealing with the sense of low self-esteem that sort of implanted in me. Somehow I felt not worthy. Before I’m ‘Halle Berry, I’m little Halle, who was a little girl growing in thisenvironment that damaged me in some ways. I’ve spent my adult life trying to really heal from that.I have a spot in my soul that understands the devastation that this causes a family and how hard it is to rebuild your self-esteem when you’ve suffered.
What is your message to any woman out there who might be in a relationship that’s abusive?
Get Out. Don’t stay a moment longer. If there’s no shelter, go to a friend’s, go to a police station, go somewhere but GO.
Words by Necole Bitchie