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Actress Halle Berry was recently honored for her work at the Jenesse Center, Los Angeles’ oldest domestic violence center. While attending last night’s unite4:good unite4:humanity’s gala, the Academy-Award winning actress revealed why the organization is so near to her heart: her mother is a domestic abuse survivor. Halle, who’s been volunteering for 15 years, told the audience according to E! News:

I wasn’t married to a man that beat me up, but my mother was.

Halle confessed she was only 5 years old when she saw first hand when her mother Judith Ann Hawkins being beaten, “day after day after day”. Halle also admitted to watching her mom get “kicked down the stairs” as well as hit in her head with a wine bottle. Halle stated:

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Knowing that she wanted nothing more then for her little girls to see her be empowered and be a woman of strength, but having no way to make that happen was heartbreaking for me.

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