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    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Cleveland student joins forces with Aussie hip-hop star to end domestic violence

    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    Cleveland student joins forces with Aussie hip-hop star to end domestic violence

    Cleveland student Travis Lord has taken out the Queensland Government’s Stop the Hurting: End domestic Violence Music Slam competition, designed to help break the cycle of domestic and family violence.

    Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said the competition offered budding rappers and lyricists aged between 12 and 17 the chance to win a VIP recording studio session with leading hip-hop artist Illy and the opportunity to have their own lyrics featured in his new song ‘Back Around’.

    “To end domestic and family violence in Queensland we need long-term solutions, and that starts with changing community behaviours and bringing the issue out from behind closed doors,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “Over the past few months, we have been holding music workshops in schools and communities across the state to help young people share their feelings, re-frame their ideas about healthy family relationships and to let them know there is support available.

    “We received more than 170 entries to the competition, each representing an incredibly talented young person who has engaged with the issue and are standing up to say it’s not okay.

    “At only 16 years old, Travis’s lyrics certainly hit home and are a powerful reminder that unfortunately a lot of kids find themselves in these horrible situations.

    “It is our hope that ‘Back Around’, and our Stop the Hurting campaign, will help empower them to speak out and seek support.”

    Ms Fentiman said the campaign and competition was designed by kids for kids, and offered Queensland youth an opportunity to make their voices heard and help break the cycle of domestic and family violence.

    “Domestic and family violence is one of the most complex and damaging issues affecting Queenslanders right across the state, and we don’t want kids to grow up thinking the behaviour is normal,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “Any relationship where another person is abusive, violent, intimidating, threatening, or is making you feel scared is considered domestic and family violence – It’s not just physical, and that’s exactly what this campaign is helping to explain.”

    Aussie hip hop artist Illy said he was excited to be able to meet with young Queenslanders and collaborate in the studio with them, to spread the message to End Domestic Violence.

    “The most powerful experiences I've had with music have been when they've helped people. My involvement in Stop The Hurting had the sole purpose of creating music to help kids. I can't stress enough how easy the choice to get involved was. I'm grateful to lend my voice to the campaign.

    “We chose Travis from the shortlist we compiled, because the verse was just so awesome! There's layers to it which made it stand out to me. It's not easy to tackle an issue like this with nuance at a young age. Was really impressed.”

    Travis Lord’s parents, Nick and Vikki Lord, said they were proud of Travis and what he had achieved.

    “Music is his passion and he would like it be his career. This is fantastic step forward in that direction for him,” they said.

    “Many thanks to Illy and the Stop the Hurting campaign for this wonderful opportunity.”

    The final version of the song, incorporating the winning lyrics, will be released later this year. For more information, visit www.qld.gov.au/stopthehurting

     

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