Acclaimed singer / songwriter Hozier is making his song ‘Cherry Wine’ a clarion call to highlight the issue of domestic violence. The Valentine’s Day premiere of his powerful new video will address the issue head on while Hozier, Columbia Records, Island Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing will donate their respective proceeds from downloads of this special single to a series of international domestic abuse charity organizations which provide support to victims and survivors of domestic abuse while also engaging in advocacy and community outreach.
The compelling video stars two time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan in a moving portrayal of a woman dealing with a physically abusive relationship. The clip also stars actor Moe Dunford (Vikings, Game Of Thrones) and is directed by Emmy winning Irish director Dearbhla Walsh.
Cherry Wine was written by Hozier from the male perspective of an abuse sufferer. The song’s lyrics offer a unique insight into an abusive relationship, shining a light on the cycle of ‘justification’ often perpetuated in domestic violence incidents; that public health experts say controls the abused, shames the victim, and shifts responsibility for the abuser’s violent behavior.
Speaking of his decision to lead this charity campaign Hozier said, “Domestic violence is an ongoing issue in our society, the statistics of which are shocking and the effects of which damage whole families, communities and span generations. With the song Cherry Wine, I tried to get across the difficulty of coming to terms with and facing up to domestic violence and the dynamic of an abusive relationship. I’m honored to be joined by Saoirse Ronan, Dearbhla Walsh and Moe Dunford in spreading awareness on this issue.”
Saoirse Ronan added, “I am equally honored to join Hozier to create awareness for the #FaceUpToDomesticViolence campaign with the release of “Cherry Wine” as a charity single. The song has always been one of my favorite tracks on his album. I hope through the video and song we can shine light on the issue and complexity of domestic abuse and in doing so help those caught up in the cycle of domestic violence”.
Ruth Glenn, Executive Director of The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the American designated charity of this campaign, expressed her thanks to Hozier and all involved in raising awareness about domestic violence.
“On behalf of those victims and survivors in the United States, we extend a heartfelt thank you to Hozier and all involved in releasing ‘Cherry Wine.’ The video is particularly exquisite in its portrayal of the subtleties and insidiousness of domestic violence. Though the domestic violence portrayed shows the relational interaction, it cannot show the larger impact on society. Hozier is correct in his identification of the issue and the hard fact that domestic violence is still an issue that needs attention and action. Opening the door, removing the stigma, and taking action is how we can really begin to advance a society in which we create a culture where domestic violence is not tolerated; a society that empowers victims and survivors and holds abusers accountable.”
NCADV is the voice of victims and survivors in the United States. We are the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. We do this by effecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change.
United States Domestic Violence statistics:
Every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten.
In the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually.
On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States within their lifetime