Aguilera supports SE domestic abuse push

The Scottish Executive (SE) has drafted in pop singer Christina Aguilera to support its domestic abuse campaign.

Aguilera, whose song OK draws on her own experience of ‘living in a war called home’ with a violent father, has pledged a signed copy of the lyrics to the devolved government of Scotland. She has also made a hand-print, as a symbol of her support and the mark domestic abuse leaves on the lives of children.

Both the lyrics and the hand-print will be displayed at a high-profile art exhibit next June, which will also feature art works created by children in therapy after suffering from domestic abuse.

‘My own experience has shown that you can survive after going through terrible times at home, and I give my utmost support to those women and young people living with the threat of domestic abuse,’ Aguilera said.

The singer was called on to support the SE’s campaign by Barkers PR, which also persuaded Fran Healy, lead singer of the band Travis, to back the initiative. Healy has offered to create an art work for the exhibition.

‘Like 90 per cent of children who are victims of domestic abuse, both Fran and Christina witnessed their fathers beating up their mothers,’ said Barkers media relations manager Carolynne Coole. ‘The fact that they survived and moved on to be successful means they’re great role models for kids. They’re not victims anymore.’

Coole attracted Aguilera to the campaign by sending her one of the dolls featured in the SE’s Doll House ads, in which a young girl enacts a scene of domestic violence using her dolls.

It is hoped the art exhibition will raise awareness of the impact of domestic abuse upon children, after the SE successfully campaigned for funding to give every abused child access to a children’s worker. Pieces from the exhibition will either be auctioned or given to children’s refuges.

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