It took Jana Kramer years to work up enough courage to share her emotional story of domestic abuse with the public. But when she did, fans showered her with love and support.

Now, the  country singer, actress and survivor, who once endured verbal and physical abuse from her then-husband, the late Michael Gambino, is continuing the conversation by spreading awareness for other victims of domestic violence.

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The brunette beauty has taken to Instagram with encouraging words and a single purple painted nail, as part of non-profit organization Safe Horizon’s #PutTheNailinIt social media campaign.

“Not long ago, I decided to share my experiences with domestic violence,” she wrote. “Putting it out in the world was painful and difficult, and I wasn’t sure if I was ready. “But I’ve found peace, healing, and even strength in using my voice to speak out.

“I’m taking the vow to #PutTheNailinIt to end domestic violence and the silence around it,” the mother of one-year-old Jolie Rae continued, before challenging pals Kellie Pickler, Andy Grammer and Sophia Bush to pledge with her. “Together we can spark a conversation that could save a life.”

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Jana, who was briefly married to Michael in 2004, experienced beatings from him during their relationship. The abuse got so bad that he was sentenced to six years in prison for her attempted murder. In 2010, he was released on parole. Two years later, he committed suicide.

We’re glad Jana is able to share her story today, and be a voice for women going through the same situation.

Jana Kramer shines yet more light on the real problem of domestic violence Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP
Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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