Moved to action by the staggering statistics that show more than one Australian woman a week is killed due to domestic violence, a group of local musicians have come together to shine a light on the epidemic of violence against women.
‘Another Woman Gone’ – a song and music video project – aims to raise awareness of violence against women and raise money for crisis relief for women escaping domestic violence.
Project Coordinator and musician, Ilona Harker, has been involved with supporting women through DV since she was young, after growing up in a home affected by DV and then experiencing it herself as an adult. She says the project is a powerful plea for helping to address the consequences of violence in Australia.
“Too many women are being killed. It’s time we all say ‘enough’ and work together to push for change,” says Harker, who spearheaded the project.
“Incidences of DV in Australia are increasing and so I thought it was important to show how much DV affects our communities, as well as the family and loved ones of those involved.”
The song is an adapted acapella version of Odetta’s ‘Another Man Done Gone’ and was recorded at the well-known Rocking Horse Studios in Northern NSW, with two local choirs ‘Northern Rivers Folk Choir’ and ‘Raise the Roof’.
“In conjunction with Mullum Music Festival, we invited a few powerful and amazing women, including Ash Constance (Rambling Ash) Aine Tyrrell, Cara Robinson (Hat Fitz and Cara), Kodi Twiner (Ladyslug) and Sian Evans (Jayne Welch) to take part,” explains Ilona.
“With the help of filmmaker Grace Holt, we shot a music clip and then, once again a whole bunch of Byron Bay locals stepped up honour the lives of the women who have been killed in Australia.”
The song and clip have already generated some emotional responses.
“One of the comments I hear most is that ‘Another Woman Gone’ made people cry. While our intention is not to upset people, we still want to move people enough to raise awareness of this growing issue and hopefully funds for escape services.”
Another Woman Gone will donate all sales from the song to services for women escaping domestic violence throughout Australia under the auspice of the Byron Shire Women’s Resource Service.
The National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line – 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
You can watch the video below: