Hozier has sold 1.9 million+ albums and over 10 million singles worldwide, and his music has been streamed over a billion times.
On 14th February, he premieres the new video for Cherry Wine – and is set to use the song to highlight the very real issue of domestic violence.
The Valentine’s Day premiere of Hozier’s powerful video will not only bring the issue to the fore, but the artist will donate the proceeds from iTunes single release downloads to domestic abuse charities around the world.
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. 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 honoured to be joined by Saoirse Ronan, Dearbhla Walsh and Moe Dunford in spreading awareness on this issue, and it’s important to me that the proceeds from this release will go to a domestic abuse charity in the country from which it was downloaded.”
- 1 in 4 women experiences physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner
- Intimate partner violence contributes to more death, disability and illness in women aged 15-44 than any other preventable risk factor
- Domestic or family violence against women is the single largest driver of homelessness for women
- Domestic or family violence against women results in a police call-out on average once every two minutes across the country
 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 2012
 Based on Victorian figures from VicHealth (2004) The health costs of violence: Measuring the burden of disease caused by intimate partner violence, Victorian
Health Promotion Foundation, Melbourne, https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/media-and-resources/publications/the-health-costs-of-violence. A comparable
national study is pending
 55% of women with children presenting to specialist homelessness services nominated escaping violence as their main reason for seeking help. Australian
Institute of Health and Welfare (2012) Specialist homeless services data collection 2011-12, Cat. No. HOU 267, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra, http://www.aihw.gov.au/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=60129542529 .
 Police across Australia dealt with 239,846 domestic violence incidents in 2015, an estimated 657 domestic violence matters on average every day of the year (or one every two minutes) – calculated for police data sourced across all states and territories, collated at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-29/domesticviolence-data/6503734.
The wholesale price from the iTunes download of this special single release in each country will be donated to the charities below. In Australia the minimum amount donated per download will be AUS$1.29
List of Benefiting Charities
- USA – National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – http://www.ncadv.org
- UK – Women’s Aid – Women’s Aid.org
- Ireland – Safe Ireland – http://www.safeireland.ie/
- Australia – Our Watch – http://www.ourwatch.org.au/
- Canada – Canadian Women’s Foundation – http://www.canadianwomen.org/
- Germany – Weisser Ring – www.weisser-ring.de/internet/
- France – Solidarite Femmes – http://www.solidaritefemmes.org/
- Holland – Blijf Groep – www.blijfgroep.nl
- Italy – Telefonorosa – www.telefonorosa.it/
- Spain – Cruz Roja – Link
- Mexico – CASA GAVIOTA – www.casagaviota.org.mx
- New Zealand – Shine – www.2shine.org.nz/
- Portugal – AMCV – Link
- Luxemburg – Femmes En Detresse – http://fed.lu/wp
- Switzerland – Dachorganisation der Frauenhäuser der Schweiz und Liechtenstein – www.frauenhaus-schweiz.ch
- Austria – Frauenhelpline – http://www.frauenhelpline.at/new
- Norway – Women’s Shelters Organisation – http://www.krisesenter.com/the-womens-shelter
- Sweden – ROKS – www.roks.se
- Denmark – LOKK – http://www.lokk.dk/Info/In-English/
- Poland – Niebieska Linia – http://www.niebieskalinia.org/
- Belgium – VZW ZIJN – http://www.vzwzijn.be/steun-ons
- Finland – Ensi-Ja Turvakotien Liitto – http://www.ensijaturvakotienliitto.fi/
- Argentina – Unicef – http://www.unicef.org/argentina/spanish/
14th February, 2016
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