Interactive billboards address domestic violence
Women’s Aid, the British charity, is encouraging members of the public to recognise their role in ending domestic violence. A digital billboard featuring the bruised faces of women invites attention with the words “Look at me”. As pedestrians look at the billboard the bruises start to heal. The interactive billboard uses facial recognition technology to recognise when people actively pay attention. Those who look at the billboard get feedback via a live video feed that runs along the bottom of the ad as a visual ticker-tape, registering an increasing number of viewers. As more people take notice of the image of the women, her bruises slowly heal, demonstrating to passers-by that by actually taking notice they can help confront the signs of domestic violence by not turning a blind eye. The billboard is being displayed over the weekend to coincide with International Womens Day, in London’s Canary Wharf business district, in two shopping malls, the Birmingham Bullring and Westfield London, on March 7 and 8. A related TV spot breaks Sunday evening on Channel 4.
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said: “Domestic violence is experienced by hundreds of thousands of women every year, but many feel unable to tell anyone because they think that they won’t be believed or that people won’t understand. These women live in an invisible prison: controlled and harmed by the person who should love them most. We are grateful to WCRS and Rankin for donating their time to create this impactful campaign that will raise awareness of domestic violence, as well as funds for Women’s Aid. Women’s Aid saves lives: two women every week are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales. A donation to Women’s Aid can help someone to escape a life-threatening situation.”
The Womens Aid interactive billboard campaign was developed at WCRS, London, by creative director Ross Neil, creatives Mike Whiteside and Ben Robinson, creative technologist Dino Burbidge, agency producer Sam Child, account team Torie Wilkinson and Katherine Morris, and planner Stuart Williams.
Media was handled by Ocean Outdoor.