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Aguilera backs abuse campaign
Christina Aguilera
The singer spoke of her experience of violence
Pop star Christina Aguilera has lent her support to the Scottish Executive's domestic abuse campaign.

The 22-year-old singer has donated artwork featuring the lyrics to her song "I'm OK" for a unique exhibition.

Aguilera grew up with a violent father and has spoken out about the impact it has had on her.

In the song, from her hit album Stripped, she describes "living in a war called home".

One in five Scottish women suffer from some form of abuse in their lifetime.

My own experience has shown that you can survive after going through terrible times at home
Christina Aguilera
The executive approached the star ahead of her concert on Wednesday at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.

The art exhibition, which is being run in conjunction with Scottish Women's Aid, has also been backed by Travis singer Fran Healy. It will be launched next year.

Aguilera said: "Any campaign that raises the public's awareness of the issue of domestic abuse is worthwhile and I am pleased to support the Scottish Executive's campaign.

"My own experience has shown that you can survive after going through terrible times at home and I give my utmost support to those women and young people living with the threat of domestic abuse.

A scene from a Scottish Executive anti-abuse campaign
A scene from a Scottish Executive anti-abuse campaign
"I understand that there is a strong support network in Scotland and the government here raises awareness of how and where to get help.

"Don't suffer in silence because help is out there."

Deputy Communities Minister Mary Mulligan said she was "delighted" with the singer's support.

Ms Mulligan said: "It's important to get the message across to women and children that they are in no way to blame."

The executive's campaign has included hard-hitting commercials showing the impact of abuse on women and their children.

Women experiencing domestic abuse can call the domestic abuse helpline on 0800 027 1234 or log on to the website www.domesticabuse.co.uk.




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