Love Isn’t Always What it Seems

Posted by Tatjana Vukic | 14-02-2012 19:40 | Category: Abuse, Women's Issues

Those searching for Valentines Day cards in New Zealand this weekend may have been in for a shock. Placed among the cards were some with a less than idyllic message inside.

The cards, which have a traditional Valentines Day exterior containing a darker message inside, are part of a campaign designed by ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi to remind New Zealanders that for some women, love has a very different outcome.

Beautiful Valentines Day card that only looks like the card that every woman wants to get.

On one of them it is written:
“On this special day I`d just like to say, I want to be by you every night and day.
You can´t keep me away and if you don´t stay, you and kids will pay.”


And this is Valentines Day Radio Ad ... The Voice gives me creeps.

(more after the break)


The campaign aims to bring domestic abuse into the open and encourages New Zealanders to take a second glance if they suspect something isn’t right in a relationship.

Women’s Refuge reported some regions experienced a near 100 percent rise in the numbers of women seeking help over the Christmas period for violent abuse with a twelve per cent increase last year in the numbers of women and children using their safe houses.

“We designed the campaign to encourage conversations and help those suffering make a change,” says Livia Esterhazy, General Manager at Saatchi & Saatchi Wellington.

The campaign sees the subversive Valentine’s Day cards placed in retailers around Auckland and Wellington, with readers urged to text 2026 to make a $5 text donation.

Animated Valentine’s e-cards can also be viewed on the Women’s Refuge website (www.womensrefuge.org.nz) and via web banners.

Viewers are encouraged to donate and to share the cards via Facebook and Twitter. The campaign is supported by a radio ad with a twisted Valentine’s Day message of love.

“We love Valentines like the rest of the world, but think this is an issue that needs to be unwrapped,” says Women’s Refuge CEO Heather Henare.

“Women’s Refuge supports good love.  We do not support gestures of love that hide abuse and violence.  A great relationship is when a woman feels safe, respected and heard,” she says.

If your relationship is hiding abuse, don’t keep it a secret. Abuse is never love, and it’s never ok.

For confidential advice or support, call anytime. 0800 REFUGE.

Women’s Refuge
Saatchi & Saatchi
Additional credits:
Client Contacts: Heather Henare
Executive Creative Director: Antonio Navas
Creative Group Head: Anne Boothroyd
Head of Art: Mike Davison
Art Director: Emily Drake
Copywriter: Sarah Litwin-Schmid
General Manager: Livia Esterhazy
Account Executive: Katy Greening
NZ Director of Operations & Integrated Production: Heath Davy
Head of TVP: Jane Oak
Agency Producer: Loren Bradley
Executive Digital Producer: Haydn Thomsen
Digital producer: Linda Krug
Flash Developers: Mike McMillian/David Hunter/Les Porter
Sound: Liquid Studios
Printing: Production Partners

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