The Window Project - A Window Into Domestic Violence Over The Holidays

According to numerous studies, domestic violence against women surges during the holiday season, sometimes by as much as 30 percent. One in four women are victims of domestic violence during their lives, says a UN study. And, countless innocent children bare witness to the abuse.

To help illuminate the horrifying realities of violence against women, FCB Toronto teamed with The Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses (OAITH), a provincial coalition founded by women’s shelter advocates in 1977 and Yellow Brick House, an OAITH member shelter located in the York region area of North of Toronto that provides a safe place for women and children escaping domestic violence, have launched “The Window Project” to raise awareness and generate funds for women and families impacted in Canada.

“The Window Project,” centers around a window display at the Untitled & Co store, 438 Queen Street West, in the Fashion District area of Toronto, that will illustrate the grim reality some families face during the holiday season in an elaborate holiday-themed window from Dec. 6-13.

At first glance, holiday shoppers will think they stumbled across a festive window. But upon closer inspection, the scene will depict one where a woman and her family are the victims of domestic violence. Viewers are empowered to stop the violence by making an SMS donation to OAITH. This action immediately stops the abuse in the scene for 60 seconds. By raising awareness, the program aims to bring an end to abuse for good.

“The holidays can be a confusing time for women in abusive relationships, especially when there are children involved,” said Charlene Catchpole, chair of the OAITH board of directors. “Many women put on a good face and project an image of stability to keep the holidays a happy time. Our hope is that this campaign will break the lingering culture of silence that exists around violence against women.”
More than 362,000 children witness or experience family violence annually in Canada, according to a study by UNICEF, and in a 2013 study of family violence in Canada, it was reported that nearly 8 in 10 victims of intimate partner violence are female. And, according to Yellow Brick House, during the holidays, transitional shelters average a 30 percent increase in calls for support.

“This effort gives every person the opportunity to personally witness the power one donation can make,” said FCB Toronto Chief Creative Officer Jon Flannery. “While this is only one initiative in the fight against domestic abuse, this effort makes every person a part of the solution.”
Chloe Sam-Mcgrath, design director and co-owner of Untitled & Co, said the immediacy of impacting change was a key draw for her participation. “This groundbreaking initiative makes the issue impossible to ignore,” said Sam-Mcgrath. “If one woman is helped by this effort, it worked.”

Project: The Window Project
Creative Agency: FCB Toronto
CEO: Tyler Turnbull
Chief Creative Officer: Jon Flannery
VP Creative Director: Jeff Hilts
VP Creative Director: Nancy Crimi-Lamanna
Art Director: Jeff Hilts
Writer: Nancy Crimi-Lamanna
Art Director: Naeem Walji
Group Account Director: Anabella Mandel
Project Manager: Lindsay Hann
VP, Digital: Corey Messom
Head, Broadcast Production: Tony De Sousa
Producer: Rea Kelly
DOP: Jorge Vasconez
Location Scout: John Dranski
VP Director of Strategic Planning: Heather Segal
Digital Strategist: Emma Cunningham
Account Planner: Spencer MacEachern
VP Corporate Communications Manager: Stephanie Sipe

Editorial: School Editing
Partner, Executive Producer: Sarah Brooks
Editor: Lauren Horn
Executive Producer: Emily Torontow
Assistant Editor: David Larocque

Globacore Interactive Technologies
Co-Founder/President: Ben Unsworth
Lead Business Development: Mike Phillips
Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses
Marlene Ham- Provincial Coordinator
Charlene Catchpole- Chair, Board of Directors
Yellow Brick House
Lorris Herenda- Executive Director
Blue Square
David McGuire- Principal
Globalcore Interactive Technologies
Ben Unsworth- President
Mike Phillips ­ Business Development
Store Front
Cameron Wilson - Creative Director/ Co-Owner
Chloe Sam-Mcgrath - Design Director/ Co-Owne

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