Halle Berry Sends Love to Fellow Domestic Violence Victims

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 10: 2016 Key To The Cure Ambassador, Halle Berry attends Saks Fifth Avenue celebrates Key To The Cure at Mr Chow on October 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Saks Fifth Avenue)
Halle Berry (Photo: Getty Images)

When Halle Berry joined Instagram, she said her goal was to share images that reflect her “emotions and perceptions.” Her latest — a tribute to domestic violence victims — does both of those things.

The Call actress, 50, dedicated a #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) “to all my QUEENS who have suffered any form of domestic violence,” writing, “I think this quote captures it perfectly… ‘Dear women, Sometimes you’ll just be too much woman. Too smart, too beautiful, too strong. Too much of something. That makes a man feel like less of a man, which will start making you feel like you have to be less of a woman. The biggest mistake you can make is removing jewels from your crown to make it easier for a man to carry. When this happens, I need you to understand, you do not need a smaller crown… You need a man with bigger hands.’”

The photo shows a side view of the mom of two as she wears a crown in front of a stunning sunset.

The post is timed with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and she tagged the Jenesse Center, a national domestic violence prevention and intervention organization that provides services and outreach efforts to afflicted families. Berry frequently collaborates with the charity, which does work close to her heart, as someone who was the victim of domestic abuse.

Berry revealed in 1996 that while filming The Last Boy Scout, a boyfriend, whom she described as “someone well-known in Hollywood,” hit her so hard that her eardrum was punctured and she lost 80 percent of hearing in that ear.

At the time, her famous exes included Wesley Snipes as well as first husband, MLB player David Justice. Last year, as Berry filed for divorce from Olivier Martinez, Justice spoke out to say he was not her abuser.

Berry attended a benefit for the Jenesse Center last year and spoke about how she saw her own mother “battered and beaten many years of my life” and that she’s still affected by it. “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.”

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