Tisha Campbell-Martin claims abuse by Duane Martin

VIVICA A. FOX’S FABULOUS 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Featuring: Tisha Campbell-Martin, Duane Martin Where: Beverly Hills, California, United States When: 03 Aug 2014 Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Tisha Campbell-Martin claims she suffered years of abuse at the hands of her estranged husband, Duane Martin, but says she kept quiet about it in order to protect him and their children.

According to the court docs obtained by The Blast, Duane started physically, emotionally and mentally abusing Tisha at the start of their marriage in 1996. She hit up the court on January 24 to file for a domestic violence restraining order, claiming the most recent abuse happened this past December, when he allegedly “grabbed me by my arm to try to get me in the bedroom,” after claiming their son was sick.

In the affidavit, Tisha alleges, “I had been emotionally, mentally and physically abused. I kept things hidden from my family his family our friends and the public, save a few very close friends and people who may have witnessed, over the past two decades, filing it away in the back of my mind to protect my family, the community and the pubic’s persona of my spouse.”

The ‘Martin” actress now admits she’s “scared,” and says she owes it to her children to speak her truth.

“I can no longer live in fear of retaliation,” she said. “The need to press criminal charges for his acts overshadows the embarrassment of making his crimes against me public through this report.”