Jasmine V is one strong chica. After enduring an abusive relationship (and getting out!), she's using her music to help and encourage others to get help. We chatted wtih this songstress about her new music video "Didn't Mean It", her partnership with the National Domestic Abuse Hotline and what's next for her on the music scene.
Where did the idea for the song come from?
"The idea from the song came from personal experiences dealing with a guy that would always mess up but then say he 'didn't mean it' and after a while it got tiring and old."
How did the National Domestic Abuse Hotline partnership come about?
"Once I finished my video I wanted girls to have a call to action where they could go to find out more info about Domestic Violence. We reached out to the Domestic Abuse Hotline and asked if they wanted to be a part of our video and they were super happy to partner with us."
What personal experiences tied you to this project? What's your experience with domestic violence?
"I was personally involved in a domestic violence relationship with a prior boyfriend I had. Luckily for me I was able to get out of it before it was too late."
What do you think is the number one misconception about domestic violence?
"The number one misconception about domestic violence would have to be the fact that a lot of girls think it's their fault. This really saddens me because I actually at one point felt the same way. When you're involved in an abusive relationship you get to a point where your self esteem is so low that you begin to blame yourself. It took some work for me to start building my self esteem even after I separated myself from that relationship. It's not only the physical abuse that affects you; the emotional abuse can really mess with your mind."
What did you want to do with this video? What was the artistic inspiration or vision?
"I wanted this video to almost serve as a PSA for Domestic Violence. I wanted other young girls who may look up to me and think my life is perfect to see that EVERYONE can be in this position at some point in their lives. I also wanted them to know that they don't have to feel ashamed to be in this situation and that they can get the help they need to get out of an abusive relationship."
What was it like filming the video?
"Filming the video was very emotional. I actually broke down a couple times on set. Actually a lot of people that are close to me that were at the shoot cried with me. But it was happy tears because I don't ever look at myself as a victim of domestic violence but rather a survivor."
How does this speak to Latinas or how do you want it to?
"Domestic Violence statistics are very high among Latino cultures. I feel Latina women are very strong-willed and that they can be great advocates in helping spread the word to stop domestic violence."
What's next for you project wise?
"I'm currently working on my album. I was just in NYC working with some great song writers such as Andrea Martin and Jack Knight. My new music is going to be a continuation of where my life is going. I can't wait to share it with my fans."
What's been the biggest takeaway with making this video?
"The week after I released the music video I got an email from the Domestic Violence Hotline saying how much awareness my video caused. They said that their call volume increased by 50 percent and there was a 146 percent increase in text volume. You have no idea the feeling I got after receiving that email!"
Watch the video below and let us know what you think.