Amber Heard appeared in a PSA against domestic violence that premiered this week. She divorced Johnny Depp earlier this year after alleging that the actor was ‘verbally and physically abusive’ throughout their relationship.

The GirlGaze Project shared a video to YouTube on Friday in which Heard got increasingly emotional and even teared up.

At the beginning of the clip, Heard recalled asking herself: “How is this happening to me? I’m strong, smart, I’m not a victim.”

“I guess there was a lot of shame attached to that, the label of victim,” she said. “It happens to so many women you know. When it happens in your home behind closed doors with someone you love, it’s not straightforward. If a stranger did this it would be a no-brainer.”

Heard said she is grateful to have had good friends by her side, telling the camera: “If I hadn’t had them around me, how different my life would be.”

The actress continued: “Just as a woman having gone through this in the public stage, in the public arena that I did it, I have a unique opportunity to remind other women this doesn’t have to be the way it is, you don’t have to do it alone, you’re not alone. We can change this.”

She urged women who are experiencing domestic violence to speak up even if they are scared.

“The only way that people are going to feel comfortable coming forward, raising their voices, standing up for themselves, is if we change the system in place that keeps them quiet,” she added.

Depp’s name is never mentioned in the PSA. Heard filed for divorce in May this year, and obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp five days later.

You can see Heard’ emotional PSA here:

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