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Natalie Merchant lends voice to domestic violence awareness

Natalie Merchant lent her voice and support to a public service announcement for domestic violence awareness.

The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence unveiled the 60-second video in a press conference today in Albany. A copy of the video is available below.

Merchant said in a statement that she has always known about domestic violence, but she wasn't motivated to act until she heard the story of a woman who lived in her town who was killed by her intimate partner.

“We need to send a strong message to families dealing with the trauma of domestic violence that there is help, from hotlines and shelters, from sympathetic police officers and teachers and others who will listen to the accounts of abuse and act in a victim’s defense," she said. "The first step to living a life free of violence and fear in your own home is stepping out of the shadows of shame and denial and asking for help.”

Learn more about the state's Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence on their website.

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