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Supergirl's Melissa Benoist Shares Her Story of Domestic Abuse

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Supergirl star Melissa Benoist has opened up on her experience with IPV, also known as Intimate Partner Violence.

"The long and winding road of healing and reconciliation has brought me to this moment where I feel strong enough to talk about my experience openly, honestly and without shame," Benoist shared in an Instagram post. "By sharing my story, hopefully I can empower others to seek help and extricate themselves from abusive relationships. Everyone deserves to be loved void of violence, fear and physical harm."

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She also shared screenshots of additional messages, stating, "I am just one of so many that have experience IPV. 1 in 4 women are affected by it."

Benoist continued, "It is never easy to reveal the most painful truths, but I've been bolstered and inspired by the women before me who have come forward about assault and abuse. I hope you are, too. Because there is absolutely strength in numbers."

Her last two images contained the phone number for the Domestic Violence Hotline and the website futureswithoutviolence.org.

The CDC defines intimate partner violence as "physical violence, sexual violence, stalking, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse."

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Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers, David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen and Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers.

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