Office for Seniors and FCB NZ Create Undercover Crosswords for Victims Under Abusers' Noses
FCB New Zealand's Undercover Crossword campaign ahead of World Elder Abuse Day has seen a 36% increase in call traffic to the Elder Abuse Response Service helpline in its first week.
Family members make up over 75% of abusers, so a covert method was needed to reach elders without their relatives catching wind.
Says Diane Turner, director, Office for Seniors: "The FCB team did remarkable work. The crossword campaign has helped us to reach some of New Zealand's most vulnerable people, and bring the issue of elder abuse into public view."
Says Tony Clewett, executive creative officer, FCB New Zealand: "This idea took a complex issue and used creativity to educate New Zealanders about elder abuse in the homes of victims and potentially under the noses of their abusers."
In a media-first integration, FCB Media partnered with NZME and Stuff, who provided access to non-commercial space for the crosswords in their newspapers.
If you are concerned about an elderly person and their wellbeing, get in touch with the Elderly Abuse Response Service 0800 32 668 65.