By Diana Falzone
June 27, 2016
Winona Ryder is speaking out in defense of her ex-boyfriend Johnny Deep. The actress told Time Magazine that during the course of their four year relationship, the actor was never abusive towards her.
Still, a domestic abuse expert cautioned that the comments from a Ryder do not mean Heard’s allegations are false.
Brian Pacheco, director of public relations for Safe Horizon said that while Ryder may not have experienced Depp as an abuser it is possible that someone who is non-abusive in one relationship can act violently towards another partner.
“What I appreciate in Ryder’s response is that she states she is speaking from her own experience. I don’t know what happened in Johnny Depp’s relationships with Ryder and Heard, but I can speak to our experiences at Safe Horizon, ” said Pacheco. “And it’s absolutely possible that an abuser did not have a known history of abuse or did not abuse a past partner, but then went on to become abusive to a different spouse. What is really important to remember is that we don’t discredit someone’s allegations of abuse just because a former partner said ‘that didn’t happen to me.’ It’s within the realm of possibilities that both individuals are telling the truth.”
Pacheco explained that there are many myths about domestic violence.
“For starters, a common myth is that domestic violence is only physical. It can also be verbal, emotional, financial and sexual. For abusers, often times they are well-respected and admired in public but abusive behind closed doors.” Pacheco said. “Or one moment they may be incredibly loving and caring to their partner and abusive the next. Some refer to this as the Jekyll and Hyde effect, not knowing which personality you will get.”