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According to the Domestic Violence Research Center, one in four women have experienced physical violence by a partner, and 74 percent of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.

These numbers are staggering and clearly demonstrate how many women — including many of Hollywood’s A-list stars — have fell victim to abuse. A handful of celebs have publicly shared their painful stories in efforts to help other women and we commend them for that.

Take a look at the celebs who have overcome domestic violence and had the courage to speak their truth.

Celebrities Who’ve Survived Domestic Violence  was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

1. Lisa Wu

Former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Lisa Wu spoke candidly about a violent relationship, most associate with ex-husband Keith Sweat. She said her mission was not to expose, but to show women that life can get better. Although she married Ed Hartwell, the couple have since divorced.

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