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Hollie Smith releases new single in aid of victims of family violence

For this year’s White Ribbon appeal, the Kiwi songstress has a heartfelt plea.
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Singer Hollie Smith has launched the 2016 White Ribbon Campaign with a beautiful new single, called ‘Please’.

“I feel there is an attitude of ‘if I can’t see it, it doesn’t affect me,’” said Hollie of family violence.

“Well I believe it does – it affects our communities, our children and the foundations of our culture, identity and future.”

White Ribbon is an international campaign led by men to end violence against women, and the iconic Kiwi soul singer has penned the song in support of victims.

“I am humbled to be involved in this year’s White Ribbon campaign and hope that the song and imagery we have created can in some small way, contribute and raise awareness to an issue that New Zealand urgently needs to address and prioritise,” Hollie said.

“I hope that the lyrics help to inspire, encourage strength, and provide support for those people who are in situations they feel are beyond their control, whether that’s the victim of violence or the person who knows no other alternative.”

The annual White Ribbon Day is Friday 25th November. This year’s campaign focuses on ‘Respectful Relationships’. Understanding that saying Yes to Respect and building awareness that it requires equality, communication and consent is a powerful step towards stopping violence towards women.

“Most men treat women with respect,” says White Ribbon Ambassador Mark Longley, whose daughter Emily was tragically murdered in 2011 by her partner.

“But the biggest cause of violence is the belief that men have more rights and power than women. This campaign asks men to challenge those ideas and treat women how they would like to be treated, and let go of the feeling that we have to be in charge.”

The campaign also focuses on ‘male behaviour during conflict’ and demonstrates that communicating is key to a good relationship. “Conflict happens,” says Mr Longley, “but dealing with it respectfully makes all the difference.”

For more information on the campaign, go to www.whiteribbon.org.nz.

Where to go for help

• Women’s Refuge: Free national crisisline operates 24/7 – 0800 REFUGE or 0800 733 843 www.womensrefuge.org.nz

• Shine: free national helpline 9am- 11pm every day – 0508 744 633 www.2shine.org.nz

• It’s Not Ok: Information line 0800 456 450 www.areyouok.org.nz

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