It’s a pet cause near and dear to Halle Berry‘s heart to raise awareness about domestic violence. The actress hosted An Evening of Awareness to benefit the Jenesse Center and the the Trevor Project with photographer, Mark Lidell, looking stunning in a simple black dress, leather jacket and that short hair we love so much.
In an interview with the NBC Nightly News, Berry confesses, “My mother was a battered woman and that was my childhood for a good chunk of it.” She goes on to explain, “Early on in my life, I made choices, and I chose men that were abusive because that was what I knew growing up.”
As a result, Halle has now focused on helping those affected by the issue and was recently honored by the Jenesse Center for her efforts. Berry says, “I care, I really care about these women and children.”
Other attendees who made an appearance at the event include Style editor, Bobbie Thomas, Gossip Girl star, Kelly Rutherford, and journalist Natalie Morales.
Gallery Info: Halle Berry, Mark Liddell, Natalie Morales, Bobbie Thomas and Kelly Rutherford at An Evening of Awareness to benefit the Jenesse Center and the Trevor Project at the Crosby Street Hotel.