If you happen to see someone with a black dot on their palm. you should call the police immediately. Are you wondering why? The answer is the Black Dot Campaign which began on Facebook and this campaign is a way to recognize victims of domestic abuse. The black dot means that this person is in trouble and signifies a call for help.

On 8 September 2015, victims of domestic violence were offered a sliver of hope when the Black Dot Campaign told them that they could silently call for help by drawing a black dot on the palms of their hands. The Black Dot Campaign is to enable victims who can not ask for help verbally to ask for help with a simple black dot and people recognise this and help. This is a campaign to help the most vulnerable victims of Domestic Violence. They simply draw a black dot on their hands and agencies, family, friends, community centres, doctors, hospitals can recognise this person needs help but can not ask for it.

Actually, it gives them a way of asking for help without being vocal about it. In most of the cases, the victims will be unable to ask for help and this black dot enables them to show that they need some. This is so because probably their abuser might be watching their every move. Hence, in order to show that they are in danger and they need help, people who are victims of domestic violence put a dot on their palm.

“I’m heavily pregnant and the baby’s father is very abusive. With words, his hands. I’ve been petrified for so long and even more with the baby coming soon. I was at the hospital yesterday, he was with me, he never leaves my side anymore. I had to have an examination so the consultant asked me to lie on the bed and drew the curtain. I leaned over and took the pen out of his pocket, pulled his hand over to me and wrote HELP ME. I didn’t have to say a word. “This campaign gave me the strength and the idea how to ask for help. I am now safe somewhere else thanks to that consultant and the black dot campaign. Thank you, 1 week for going until my due date and I am finally safe.”

The campaign was launched on Facebook and it now has millions of followers. In fact, the woman that created it told Fox News that within 24 hours, it had already reached over 6 thousand people worldwide, and had helped 6 women. While the Black Dot Campaign may have been started with good intentions, it does not yet offer a safe and reliable way for victims of domestic violence to get help.

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