Albert L. OrtegaGetty Images
On Wednesday, Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist posted a video in which she read aloud a piece she’d written about her experience with domestic violence, or Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).
On Thursday, her husband, Chris Wood, tweeted his Thanksgiving support of his wife. “Happy Thanksgiving!,” he wrote. “I’m going to kiss my wife and hold her tenderly. All day. And every day. How do YOU show love?”
The couple, who met while filming Supergirl in 2017 and were married in early September of this year. The actress did not reveal the identity of her abuser, but she did go into detail about his behavior and what she experienced.
“I am a survivor of domestic violence or IPV (intimate partner violence), which is something I never in my life expected I would say, let alone be broadcasting into the ether,” Benoist said in the video. “He was a magnanimous person, who didn’t really give you a choice not to be drawn to him. He could be charming, funny, manipulative, devious.”
She went into further detail about how she feels about the experience now: “It’s still hard for me to dissect what I was thinking and feeling that kept me from stopping what felt like a runaway freight train,” she added. “It didn’t matter that I had misgivings—whether or not he was the one—at the time, it felt very good how much he coveted me. How much he seemed to treasure who I was. He loved me. I thought I loved him, and I was going to make it work.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing IPV, please visit the National Domestic Violence hotline at this link or call (1−800)−799−7233 or TTY (1−800)−787−3224.