Assaulted Women's Helpline (AWHL) Outdoor, Ambient Domestic Abuse Exposed by Giants & Gentlemen

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Industry Public awareness, Against violence
Media Outdoor, Billboard, Poster, Transportation & Vehicles, Ambient
Market Canada
Agency Giants & Gentlemen
Creative Director Alanna Nathanson
Senior Art Director Catherine Wong, Steven Kim
Senior Copywriter Brandon Tralman-Baker
Production Brave Productions
Director Quinn Vorster
Released October 2017

Credits & Description

Campaign: Don't Ignore It
Media: Ambient
Category: Public interest
Client: AWHL (Assaulted Women's Helpline)
Jennifer Rollo – Manager, Resource Development
Huong Pham – Executive Director
· Sheila Phillips – Chair, Board of Directors

Agency: Giants & Gentlemen
Alanna Nathanson – Co-Founder and Creative Director
Gino Cantalini – Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Steve Waugh – Vice President, Head of Client Services
Catherine Wong – Senior Art Director
Steven Kim – Senior Art Director
Brandon Tralman-Baker – Senior Writer
Julie Wierzbicki – Account Director
· Lauren Morrison – Account Coordinator

Production Company: Brave Productions
Rob Tunnicliff – Partner and Executive Producer
Quinn Vorster – Director
· Mark Peachey – Cameraman

Big Digital
Mike Girgis & Jake Neiman, Principals
Jeremy Shell, Director of Business Development
Diego Grimaldi, Director, Engineering
· Adam Smith, Director, Operations

Beaux Properties
Jason Birnboim
Mas’oud Salon
Mas'oud Houshmand
PR - Songbird Marketing Communications
· Candace Huntly
School Editing
Lauren Piche - Editor
Emily Torontow - Executive Producer
Published: October 2017

The Assaulted Women’s Helpline (AWHL) in partnership with Giants & Gentlemen (G&G) launched a project designed to raise awareness about violence against women. This project, a video activation and social media campaign, will kick off a general awareness campaign and difficult discussions ahead of Woman Abuse Prevention Month in November.
“Abuse is that dirty secret that unfortunately touches many lives, but that few want to talk about,” says Alanna Nathanson, Co-Founder and Creative Director at Giants & Gentlemen. “We wanted to help the AWHL shed light on the issue and raise awareness as to its pervasiveness. As an advertising agency, the best way for us to do so was with a creative solution: we found an arresting way to bring attention to the fact that abuse can happen to anyone, anywhere.”
AWHL and G&G want to shift preconceived ideas that this form of violence only happens to certain societal groups. Domestic violence and spousal abuse costs Canada $7.4 billion per year (CCPA) and can have an impact on generations to come. Long-term impacts on families can turn into mental health issues and, commonly, loss of life.
“Every six days we lose one woman to violence in the home,” says Huong Pham, Executive Director of AWHL. “It is important to remind people that violence against women is still on the rise and something that typically happens to the ones we love, behind closed doors.”
Leading up to and throughout the month of November, AWHL will be promoting the services that are available to support women who are in difficult situations at home. While domestic violence is not seasonal, the push for awareness and support is instrumental in raising much needed awareness throughout the year.
“Giants and Gentlemen approached us with this unconventional concept. From start to finish they have been instrumental in carefully developing this pro-bono activation,” says Pham. “Seeking a grassroots charity partner with the challenging task of building awareness for violence against women, Giants and Gentlemen have created an impactful and thought-provoking awareness campaign for us.”
AWHL, Giants & Gentlemen, Brave Productions, Big Digital, Beaux Properties, Mas’oud Salon, SongBird Marketing Communications, and School Editing donated their time to bring this idea to life.