Transformers star Rachael Taylor relied on the support of her mother and girl pals to help her move on from the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of ex-fiance MATTHEW NEWTON.
The actress broke off the engagement over the summer (10) and ordered her lawyer to go to court in her native Australia to apply for an apprehended violence order (AVO) against the star.
Taylor alleges she suffered several "unprovoked violent assaults" at the hands of the Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities actor during a vacation in Italy in August (10).
And she reveals she turned to her female inner-circle after her ordeal in a bid to overcome the troubled relationship.
She tells Sydney's Daily Telegraph, "I'm really close to my girlfriends and close to my mother. I found the support of my girlfriends to be the most important thing."