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Charity - Domestic Violence: Love Isn't Always What it Seems

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Those searching for Valentine's Day cards today and tomorrow in New Zealand may be in for a shock. Placed among the cards are 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 Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand to remind kiwis that for some women, love has a very different outcome.

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.

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 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.
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Client: Women's Refuge

Client Contact: Heather Henare

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