Survivors: Stars Who Experienced Domestic Violence

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  • NeNe Leakes
  • Robin Givens
  • Charlize Theron
  • Madonna
  • Keke Wyatt
  • Whitney Houston
  • Nicole Brown
  • Rihanna
  • Evelyn Lozada
  • Tina Turner
  • La Toya Jackson
  • Halle Berry

Charlize Theron

As a child in South Africa, Theron lived with an abusive, alcoholic father who threatened to kill her and her mother. When Charlize was 15, her mother, Gerda, shot and killed her father in self-defense. The actress has remained relatively silent about the incident, but did open a pair of rape crisis centers in her native country to help other women.

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