Halle Berry continued making red carpet appearances this week, this time for the Entertainment Industry Foundation‘s “Imagine” benefit fundraiser in LA on Wednesday.
The fundraiser was in support of the Jenesse Center, a national anti-domestic violence organization that helps those struggling with abuse in their homes.
As a victim of domestic violence herself, Halle holds the cause dear to her heart:
“I saw my mother battered and beaten many years of my life and I felt helpless. And that’s what connects me to this organization. I have an understanding, a knowing. I feel like I have something that I can impart to these women. It seems like I’ve overcome it, but I really haven’t. In the quiet of my mind, I still struggle. So while I’m helping these women, I’m helping myself through it, too. And that’s largely why I’m here.”
The 49-year-old further addressed how difficult it can be to raise money for the cause:
“For some reason, I’ve found after 15 years of working with the Jenesse Center that when it comes to domestic violence people just say, ‘I don’t get it. Why don’t they just leave? This is ridiculous!’ I call [these women] addicts. They’re love addicts … they’re addicted to the pain. And they’re largely addicted to the pain because they’ve been taught nothing else. They haven’t been taught that they have self-worth or value. They often weren’t loved the way they should’ve been as children from their mothers or their fathers. People didn’t say the things they should have said.”
With her pending divorce from Olivier Martinez, we know it can’t be an easy time for her right now, and it’s quite remarkable of her for coming out to lend support.
Dressed in a slinky, metallic gray dress with ruched sides, the actress looked relaxed and comfortable in her skin.
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