Christina Aguilera: 'Using My Voice to Help Victims of Domestic Violence Regain Theirs'

"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.

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Christina Aguilera: 'Using My Voice to Help Victims of Domestic Violence Regain Theirs'
THE VOICE -- 'Live Semis' Episode 817B -- Pictured: Christina Aguilera -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Singer Christina Aguilera performs her hit song "Genie In A Bottle" accompanied by dancers at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards taping August 1 in Santa Monica. The award show, celebrating the hottest teen icons in film, television, music, sports and fashion was sponsored by Seventeen magazine and will be broadcast on the FOX television network in the United States on August 12. FSP/JP
Singers Britney Spears (L) and Christina Aguilera appear on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on September 7, 2000. Spears and Aguilera were both nominated for awards in the show. JC/SV
Singer Christina Aguilera, pictured June 2, 2001 at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, was nominated for two Latin Grammy awards, including Best Record of the Year for "Pero Me Acuerdo De Ti" ("But I remember you"), the Latin Recording Academy announced July 17 at a press conference in Miami. The awards will be presented September 11 during a ceremony at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. BK/HB
Singer Christina Aguilera poses as she arrives at the sixth annual "Teen People" 25 Hottest Stars under 25 party in Hollywood May 5, 2003. Aguilera was named to the list which features the top young stars in film, music and television. REUTERS/Fred Prouser FSP
Singer Christina Aguilera arrives at the 46th annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, February 8, 2004. REUTERS/Fred Prouser FG/SV
Singer Christina Aguilera performs 'When You Wish Upon A Star' on stage at Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration. Singer Christina Aguilera performs the Disney song 'When You Wish Upon A Star' at Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration ceremony, at the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California May 5, 2005. Walt Disney, founder of the Walt Disney Company and visionary behind the creation of Disneyland, opened the park on July 17, 1955. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Singer Christina Aguilera performs at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards taping at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California June 3, 2006.
Christina Aguilera performs on ABC's Good Morning America in New York's Bryant Park August 18, 2006. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES)
Christina Aguilera holds her Grammy after winning Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Ain't No Other Man" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 11, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES)
Singer Christina Aguilera is interviewed as she arrives at the 'Africa Rising' Festival at the Royal Albert Hall, in London October 14, 2008. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico (BRITAIN)
Singer Christina Aguilera arrives at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles June 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Christina Aguilera waves at the premiere of "Burlesque" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California November 15, 2010. The movie opens in the U.S. on November 24. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni(UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

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