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Amber Heard lifts the lid on domestic violence

Heard has opened up about domestic violence in a new campaign for the GirlGaze project.

FILE: Amber Heard. Picture: AFP.

LOS ANGELES - Amber Heard has opened up about domestic violence in a new campaign for the GirlGaze project which aims to end violence against women.

The 30-year-old actress settled her divorce from Johnny Depp earlier this year after claiming he was "verbally and physically abusive" to her during the course of their relationship, and she has now shared her experiences in an emotional public service announcement shared on YouTube by the project.

In the video, the Drive Angry star said: "I guess there was a lot of shame attached to that, the label of victim. 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 as it was pointed out to me if a stranger did this it would be a no brainer."

The Rum Diary actress goes on to say that without the support of her fellow women, she might not have made it to the other side, and she now wants to use her position "in the public arena" to help people going through similar ordeals.

She continued: "If I hadn't had a few people that I really trust around me, a few women support, a few friends. If I hadn't had them around me, how different my life would be.

"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."

Amber rounded off her heart-warming speech by urging women to "speak up", in order to help eliminate violence against women.

The actress said: "Speak up, speak up. Raise your voice, your voice is the most powerful thing and we, together, as women standing shoulder to shoulder cannot and will not any longer accept silence."

WATCH: Amber Heard opens up about domestic violence

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