Oscar award winning Halle Berry says she is on a mission to raise awareness regarding domestic violence issues. Earlier last week Berry attended The Mayors Fund Benefit In New York City to show her support of the family justice centers. She apparently shared her very personal memoir of watching her mother being abused by her father. Halle also pointed out that in her adult life she's unfortunately dated several men who were just like her father. Halle has since then decided to break the cycle after losing over 80 percent of her hearing. 80's & 90's R&B singer Christopher Williams for years had taken the blame for Halle's hearing loss until he clarified for the media that actor Wesley Snipes was actually the culprit responsible for causing Halle to lose her hearing in one ear. Halle said:

“When I was a girl and my mother had the s–t kicked out of her, her self-esteem moved onto me.”

“I devalued myself and thought I wasn’t worth it. I chose partners that mimicked my father. It was only when I was in an abusive relationship and blood squirted on the ceiling of my apartment and I lost 80% of my hearing in my ear that I realized, I have to break the cycle.”

“I want women to stand up and break the silence and get rid of the shame and the fear and find a way to stand up for themselves.”

“I never had to run to a shelter, but I did choose the wrong partners. Not always good men. Luckily, in recent years, I have been smart enough to hit the door when violence even becomes a possibility. That is something I will not tolerate.”

What are your thoughts on domestic abuse? Have you or anyone in your family suffered from abuse by the hands of a loved one? How did you deal with it?