Ronan and Hozier front domestic violence campaign

The Take Me To Church singer has enlisted the help of the Oscar nominated actress, Saoirse Ronan, who will star in his video for Cherry Wine in aid of domestic violence charities worldwide.

Speaking of the upcoming video, which is due to be released on Valentine’s Day, Hozier said he was “honoured” to be joined by such outstanding Irish talent.

“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.

“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,” he added.

The song itself was written from the male perspective of an abuse sufferer. The video will see Ronan, who is up for best actress at the Academy Awards for her role in Brooklyn, in a moving portrayal of a woman dealing with a physically abusive relationship.

Hozier’s lyrics to the song offer an insight into an abusive relationship, drawing attention to the cycle of justification often perpetuated in domestic violence incidents, which public health experts say controls the abused, shames the victim, and shifts responsibility for the abuser’s violent behaviour.

This isn’t the first time Hozier has supported an incredibly worthy cause. In 2014, he made clear his stance on the Same-Sex Marriage Referendum with his video Take Me To Church. The video showed the intolerance and hatred that certain members of society held for same sex couples.

Meanwhile, Ronan revealed that she hopes the video will highlight the issue of domestic violence: “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.”

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