Actress Halle Berry, on her own again after splitting with babydaddy Gabriel Aubry, is protecting 2-year-old daughter Nahla from the constant hounding by the paparazzi.

"You don't want to mess with me!" Berry tells "Extra's" Terri Seymour. "I'm like a lioness with my daughter, so I can take it up to a point. But if she starts to get at all upset by it, I just turn into a beast."

And it's for Nahla that Berry continues her 10-year life-changing mission: supporting the Jenesse Center for Abused Women and Children.

See photos of Halle through the years!

"I've been a woman who lived with domestic violence as a child," Berry confesses. "I suffered from some violence in my adult life and in relationships, and I've been able to find a way to rise above it."

For information about the center, please visit Jenesse.org.

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