What’s Cool With Women is a new segment in the Writes4Women podcast, shining a spotlight on positive people, campaigns and organisations making a great impact on women and women’s issues around the globe. What’s Cool With Women this month is a campaign by Sony Music and the Queensland Music Festival called “You’re the Voice for Domestic Violence” and it couldn’t be cooler. A bunch of brilliant Aussie artists have remade the iconic John Farnham song “You’re the Voice”, using the power of music to raise money for young people in Queensland fleeing domestic violence.


Domestic violence is an epidemic in Australia and many countries around the world. Who can forget the horrific story of Tara Brown who was run off the road in Queensland and beaten to death in broad daylight by a violent partner she had been desperately trying to escape. A snapshot of the shocking figures from the our watch website
prove just how far we are from facing this situation head on and protecting women and children from the devastating effects of physical, emotional and mental abuse…and if you happen to be indigenous the figures are even more terrifying.


The following basic statistics help demonstrate the prevalence and severity of violence against women:

  • – On average, at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner in Australia.1  ​
  • – One in three Australian women has experienced physical violence, since the age of 15.2
  • – One in five Australian women has experienced sexual violence.2
  • – One in four Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner.2
  • – One in four Australian women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner.3
  • – Women are at least three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner.4
Having been one of these statistics and spent the last 2 decades overcoming the resulting trauma, I know how important it is to bring this issue right out in the open and dangerous it is if we continue to shut up and turn a blind eye. Which is exactly why th “You’re the Voice for Domestic Violence” campaign caught our attention.
This is straight from the Queensland Music Festival website ( https://qmf.org.au/youre-the-voice/ )


Iconic Australian artists Archie Roach, Troy Cassar-Daley and Montaigne have joined forces with Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano and Isaiah  to sing ‘You’re the Voice’ on a charity single to raise funds to support young people who are victims of domestic violence. The single is available on iTunes with all profits received by the Sony Foundation being donated to DVConnect who provide 24/7 crisis response in Queensland for those living with domestic or family violence. You can help turn the tide on domestic violence and buy the single.


You can buy the single at http://smarturl.it/YTV for the teeny tiny price of $2.19 and it is ROCKIN!!! I honestly prefer it to the original and you can try before you buy by checking out the video clip below.
So for the cost of a half a cup of coffee you can help prevent another horrific domestic violence statistic from happening AND grab yourself a funky new tune to add to your playlist.