Hozier & Saoirse Ronan Join Forces To Shine Light On Issue Of Domestic Violence

Hozier & Saoirse Ronan

Join Forces To Shine Light On Issue Of Domestic Violence



                                                                                                                                                                                                                       New Video for Cherry Wine To Premiere on February 14th - Valentine’s Day

Single Released February 12th on iTunes To Benefit

Domestic Abuse Charities Worldwide.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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

Domestic Violence Statistics Sources:

1 Bachman, R. & Saltzman, E. (1995). Violence against women: Estimates from the redesigned survey. http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/FEMVIED.PDF

2,4 Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J. & Stevens, M. (2011). The national intimate partner and sexual violence survey: 2010 summary report. http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf

3 National Network to End Domestic Violence (2015). ’14 domestic violence counts national summary. http://nnedv.org/downloads/Census/DVCounts2014/DVCounts14_NatlSummary_Color-2.pdf



2015 was a stellar year for the Irish musician following two Billboard Awards, a coveted Ivor Novello, VH-1 Artist Of The Year and stunning sets at Glastonbury, Coachella and Red Rocks, among other summer festival highlights. The quartet of awards, together with his Grammy, BRIT, AMA and MTV Video music award nominations, and feverishly received live shows pay testament to the absolutely incredible rise Hozier has enjoyed since he began making noises on the music scene a little over two years ago.  His critically acclaimed debut album entered the Billboard chart at number two (the second biggest debut album of the year), number five in the UK chart, and enjoyed nine weeks at number one in his native Ireland.

Hozier’s success hasn’t been confined to the US and UK with the album also achieving  multi-platinum status in Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Ireland, Belgium, Russia, Sweden, Poland, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Major TV appearances have helped spread the gospel including the show-stopping duet at the Grammys with Annie Lennox, stand-out appearances on Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel, Graham Norton, Later with Jools and a performance at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show in London.

He has sold 1.9 million plus albums and over 10 million singles worldwide and his music has been streamed over a billion times.

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan is an award winning Irish Actress.  She received an Academy Award nomination for her role in 2007’s Atonement and has starred in such films as The Lovely Bones, The Host, Hanna and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Her most recent film role is in the Oscar nominated Brooklyn.  Her acclaimed performance as Eilis in the film has so far garnered her an Academy Award nomination for best actress, as well as best actress nominations at The Critics Choice Awards, The Golden Globes, The BAFTA Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.  She was awarded the best actress award for this role by the New York Film Critics Circle and at the British Independent Film Awards as well as being named British/Irish actress of the year at the London Critics Circle Awards.  In 2016 she will take to the New York Stage in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

Dearbhla Walsh

Dearbhla Walsh is an Irish film and television director. She won an Emmy award for outstanding direction for the BBC serial “Little Dorrit”. Dearbhla has also worked on Eastenders, Penny Dreadful and The Tudors.   Recently she directed Dame Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman in Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot.  Cherry Wine is her music video directorial debut for which she also wrote the video treatment.

Moe Dunford

Moe Dunford is an Irish actor best known for his lead role of Aethelwulf in the hit TV series Vikings.  He won an Irish Film and Television Award for best lead actor for the film Patrick’s Day.  Among many international awards and nominations he received an EFP 2015 Shooting Stars Award at the Berlin Film Festival.  His other television work includes roles in The Tudors and the HBO series Game of Thrones.


The wholesale price from the iTunes download of this special single release in each country will be donated to the charities below. In the United States, the minimum amount donated per sale will be $0.91.

List of Benefiting Charities

USA - National Coalition Against Domestic Violence -


UK - Women’s Aid -

Women’s Aid.org

Ireland - Safe Ireland -


Australia - Our Watch -


Canada - Canadian Women’s Foundation -


Germany - Weisser Ring -


France - Solidarite Femmes -


Holland - Blijf Groep -


Italy - Telefonorosa -


Spain - Cruz Roja -


New Zealand - Shine -


Portugal - AMCV -


Luxemburg - Femmes En Detresse -


Switzerland - Dachorganisation der Frauenhäuser der Schweiz und Liechtenstein -


Austria - Frauenhelpline -


Norway - Women’s Shelters Organisation -


Sweden - ROKS -


Denmark - LOKK -


Poland - Niebieska Linia -


Belgium - VZW ZIJN -


Finland - Ensi-Ja Turvakotien Liitto -


Argentina - Unicef -