It's been over three months since Amber Heard reached a settlement in her divorce from actor Johnny Depp. But that doesn't mean this is all water under the bridge. In a powerful and intimate new PSA for the #GirlGaze Project, Heard, 31, gets tearful as she opens up about what she went through.

“How is this happening to me? I’m strong. I’m smart. I’m not a victim,” she says in the video, sharing the inner dialog that plays in the head of many abuse survivors.

It's definitely worth a watch:


“There is a lot of shame attached to that label of victim. It happens to so many women," Heard continues. "When it happens to you behind closed doors, with someone you love, it’s not that straightforward. If a stranger did this … it would be a no-brainer.”

The actress cries as she recalls the support she got from other women after filing for a domestic-violence restraining order against Depp, which she later withdrew. She also urges viewers to be aware about all forms of domestic abuse, pointing out that “violence against women is not limited to actual, physical violence.”


Finally, she says the media and society need to change the dialog surrounding domestic violence. She urges survivors to speak up, and reminds them: “your voice is the most powerful thing.”

The Rum Diary actress first filed for divorce from Depp, 53, in May, claiming that he had been verbally and physically abusive throughout their four-year relationship.​ They finally settled their divorce in August, with Depp agreeing to pay his ex-wife approximately $7 million. She donated the entire amount to domestic violence charities.

Amber Heard FTW. Let's hope she, and others, continue speaking up.

Sources: YouTube