"Once upon a time there was a girl In her early years she had to learn How to grow up living in a war that she called home Never know just where to turn for shelter from the storm" - Personal lyric from Christina Aguilera's "I'm OK"
I remember when I first realized my home wasn't safe. It was a powerless feeling. As a child, you expect your home to be a safe place where your parents protect you from harm. However, when I was a little girl, my home was the complete opposite. For most of my adolescence, I witnessed violence and abuse towards my mother, myself and my surroundings in various ways, some more subtle yet all very frightening. Knowing I am not the only one who has experienced such pain and abuse, I'm honored to partner with HopeLine® from Verizon to support their continued efforts to spread awareness about an issue that I'm unfortunately all too familiar with – domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a national problem that impacts our communities, neighbors, coworkers, friends and family members. I remember so many families on my block growing up who were experiencing similar circumstances and sadly it became clear to me this wasn't just an isolated issue. It was an issue that affected too many.
As I grew older it became clear to me that I wouldn't fall into the same trap but also that I would do what I could to help others. Domestic violence isn't just my story, it's the reality for 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 3 men. Domestic violence is more common than we'd like to talk about. We, as a society, don't discuss the devastating impact of physical, mental and emotional abuse. It is a subject that still carries shame. That's why it is so important for me to use my voice and to speak my truth in hopes of spreading awareness, and to help others find hope and their own voice, in what can seem like a hopeless situation.
Today, as a mother, my priority is to create a safe and secure environment for my children. I want them to see the beauty in life and be the kind of people to help make it better. We can all do something to help and be part of the solution. Through my work and my music I try and use my platform and my voice for good and partnering with Verizon's HopeLine program, which is a phone donation and grant giving program that supports domestic violence organizations across the country I am doing just that. They have given me the opportunity to raise awareness and deepen engagement and I know that if sharing my story will give one person a sense of hope or an ounce of strength, then it is all worth it.
I would love for all of you to join me in taking a stand against domestic violence with an easy way to help. You can get involved by purchasing an exclusive Verizon HTC pre-paid bundle at any Walmart store, to support HopeLine and the work of the Joyful Heart Foundation to help survivors heal and transform their lives.
Christina Aguilera: 'Using My Voice to Help Victims of Domestic Violence Regain Theirs'
Christina Aguilera arrives at Season 8 of "The Voice" Red Carpet Event held at the Pacific Design Center on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
9/9/99 Christina Aguilera at the MTV Music Video Awards. (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
9/7/00 Christina Aguilera at the MTV Music Video Awards. (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Pop singer Christina Aguilera accepts her award for favorite female artist of the year from presenter Michael Clarke Duncan at the Seventh Annual Blockbuster Awards in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 10, 2001. The show recognizes the best in movies and music as voted by Blockbuster customers worldwide. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)
Christina Aguilera performs in the shower of confetti during the closing ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics at the Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002. With a big sigh of relief and a star-studded celebration, Utah and America bid farewell to the Olympics. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)
Christina Aguilera, center, Mya, right, and Pink, left rear, rush back on stage to accept their award for best pop collaboration with vocals for "Lady Marmalade" at the 44th annual Grammy Awards, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
8/29/02 Christina Aguilera at the MTV Music Video Awards. (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Christina Aguilera shows a gold disk of her album "Stripped" in Mexico during a news conference Monday Dec. 9, 2002, in Mexico City. Aguilera is promoting her new album in Mexico.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
1/13/03 Christina Aguilera at the 30th Annual American Music Awards. (Los Angeles, CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
U.S. singer Christina Aguilera performs on stage on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2002 at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, attracting some 12,000 spectators. (AP Photo/Keystone, Eddy Risch)
Singer Christina Aguilera, center, is hugged by DSquared designers Canadian twins Dean,left, and Dan Caten at the end of their mens' fashion collection for the spring-summer 2005, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, June 29, 2004. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Christina Aguilera arrives at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards in Culver City, Calif., on Saturday, June 3, 2006. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
** FILE **Christina Aguilera appears on MTV's "Total Request Live," in this June 21, 2006, file photo, at MTV studios in New York's Times Square. Aguilera has a new album titled "Back to Basics" on RCA Records. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin/FILE)
Christina Aguilera performs during the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
U.S. singer Christina Aguilera performs on stage during her "Back To Basics Tour" in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt)
Christina Aguilera poses with the award for best female pop vocal performance for "Ain't No Other Man" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
American singer Christina Aguilera listens a question from a journalist during the news conference Monday June 25, 2007 in Shanghai, China. Aguilera, a four-time Grammy Award winner, will perform June 26 at the Grand Stage , which is her first-ever concert in China. (AP Photo)
U.S. singer Christina Aguilera performance during her "Back to Basics" tour in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday June 28, 2007. (AP Photo)
Singer Christina Aguilera poses at a party thrown by Nakheel and the Trump Organization to introduce The Trump International Hotel & Tower Dubai, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Christina Aguilera arrives at "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live" in Los Angeles on Wednesday Dec. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Christina Aguilera performs at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Christina Aguilera arrives at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, Calif., on Sunday, June 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Singer Christina Aguilera poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Singer Christina Aguilera sings the national anthem before Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Singer and actress Christina Aguilera poses after she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
US performer Christina Aguilera, gestures as she poses at the premiere of the film 'Burlesque' in Madrid, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
US singer and actress Christina Aguilera attends a photo call for the movie "Burlesque" in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Christina Aguilera performs at the Michael Forever the Tribute Concert, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Musician Christina Aguilera, from the reality television competition "The Voice", poses for photographers in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Season two of "The Voice" will premiere Feb. 5 on NBC. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
FILE - This Nov. 20, 2011 file photo shows Christina Aguilera performing at the 39th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Aguilera is comparing her upcoming album to a "rebirth." With more than a decade in the music business behind her, the album will be a culmination of "everything I've experienced up until this point," the pop star said, including divorce. The album doesn't have a release date and the title hasn't been announced. Aguilera, a coach on NBC's singing contest, âThe Voice,â will perform the first single, "Your Body," on the show on Sept. 17. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)
Singer Christina Aguilera, left, and singer Blake Shelton speak during the panel discussion for the reality series "The Voice" at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour for NBC Universal in Pasadena, Calif. on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Singer Christina Aguilera is interviewed after announcing nominations for the 2012 American Music Awards at the J.W. Marriott L.A. Live on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Los Angeles. The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards will be held on November 18 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Christina Aguilera attends the Samsung Galaxy Note II Launch Party on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Christina Aguilera arrives at the 4th season premiere screening of "The Voice" at the TCL Theatre on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Christina Aguilera arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Singer Christina Aguilera attends the TIME 100 Gala celebrating the "100 Most Influential People in the World" at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday April 23, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Singer Christina Aguilera arrives at the NBC 2013 summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, July 27, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Christina Aguilera arrives at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Christina Aguilera performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans on Friday, May 2, 2014. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Semis' Episode 817B -- Pictured: Christina Aguilera -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)