We can't even begin to imagine what Halle Berry must have endured growing up in household of violence.
At Tuesday's unite4:humanity gala, the actress opened up about the domestic abuse she witnessed between her father and mother, fighting which lasted for many years.
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"I'm a victim of domestic violence. I wasn't married to a man that beat me up, but my mother was."
According to Berry, her memories of the horrific abuse began as early as age 5. Sadly, the 48-year-old has distinct memories of her mother being beaten "day after day after day" and "kicked down stairs".
How disturbing and tragic.
Instead of allowing her past to dictate her future, the momma of one has made it her life's work to help women who suffer from domestic abuse. Halle currently volunteers at the Jenesse Center, the oldest domestic violence intervention program in South Los Angeles.
The Monster's Ball actress explained:
"My mother stayed for too long and her children, my sister and I, saw far too much and I've suffered the damage of being a child of domestic violence. The reason I say this organization is my heart and soul is because I understand the good that it does and the lives that it changes and the impact it has on women and the children in our community."
What a touching and noble cause. We commend Halle for her commitment to volunteerism.
For more information about the Jenesse Center and it's amazing work, click HERE and HERE.
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