Agency: WCRS
Date: Jan 2017
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Most people assume domestic violence is always physical but it’s not.

Imagine always being told that your dress is inappropriate, or that you can’t see your friends unless your partner is with you. Imagine someone close to you taking control of your bank account, your mobile phone, the food you eat and the exercise you take. These are all patterns of controlling behaviours that can form part of a pattern that builds up to coercive control – where your sense of self is slowly stripped away.

As we approach the first anniversary of the legislation that criminalised coercive control, we want to raise awareness and understanding that, even if he hasn’t raised his fists, it’s still a crime.

To do this, we’ll use displacement effect, a visual technique that reveals two different headlines depending on your perspective, for the first time in UK advertising. We want to highlight the fact that although coercive control might be more difficult to see than physical violence it can be just as damaging.

8 Outdoor, a charity partner of Women’s Aid has donated free media space to highlight this issue. It has been timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the introduction of the coercive control legislation and the Christmas period, a time when studies show an increase in incidences of domestic violence.


Executive creative director: Ross Neil

Head of art: Lance Crozier

Creative: Matthew Kennedy, Georgia Horrocks

Additional credits: Agency producer: Anna Stina Lippert-Larsen

Account handling: Torie Wilkinson, Lucy Nebel, Katherine Morris

Planning: Stuart Williams

Agency designers: Lead designer: Jacinto Caetano

Designer: Craig Townsent

Director of technology: Dino Burbidge