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Amber Heard Talks Domestic Violence for GirlGaze Project

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Amber Heard spoke out in a video public service announcement about domestic violence that she filmed in November for GirlGaze—and she's just one of many women talking about femme-centric topics for the project.

In the video, the 30-year-old actress and former wife of Johnny Depp spoke directly to the camera, saying she wanted to assure other women that "this doesn't have to be the way it is."

While Heard doesn't mention Depp in the video, the actress filed for divorce from the 53-year-old actor in May and accused him of physical abuse in the process. The two settled their case in August, with Depp reportedly paying Heard $7 million, just a day before Heard's domestic violence case against Depp was dismissed by a judge, according to People.

Since their August settlement, Heard has continued to speak out against domestic violence, saying she relates to the subject on a personal level.

"Just as a woman, having gone through this in the public stage, in the public arena that I did it in, I have a unique opportunity to remind other women not only that this doesn't have to be the way it is, you don't have to do it alone, you're not alone," Heard says in the video. "We can change this."

The "Danish Girl" actress is just one high-profile woman who has offered her voice as part of GirlGaze, a multimedia project that was created by photographer-writer Amanda de Cadenet to "generate visibility and support for the next generation of female-identifying photographers," according to the site.

Model Amber Valetta also spoke out about GirlGaze, saying the project, "is about how women and girls see the world, how they feel about the world they live in."

"Fifty Shades of Grey" director Sam Taylor-Johnson spoke specifically about photography and filmmaking when asked in a video about the project: "I think there's not enough women behind the camera."

While GirlGaze seeks to cover a wide variety of topics related to women in media and the culture at large, Heard has chosen to focus her latest statement on violence, its complexity and what women can do.

"It happens to so many women," Heard says in the video. "When it happens in your home behind closed doors with someone you love, it's not as straightforward. ... If a stranger did this, it would be a no-brainer."

Just like the GirlGaze project as a whole, Heard advocates for the act of simply speaking up—which, for some, might not be as simple as it seems.

"We need to take responsibility for how we talk about these things," Heard says. "Speak up. Raise your voice. Your voice is the most powerful thing. And we together as women, standing shoulder to shoulder, can not and will not any longer accept silence."

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