We all hope and expect our own homes to be the most comfortable and safest environment for our family, and ourselves.
Sadly, this isn't the reality for many victims of domestic abuse, as their home is often the most unsafe and scary place they can be. Getting help in an abusive situation can be very difficult. But, a recent campaign is making it easier for domestic abuse victims to seek help.
One English woman and former domestic abuse victim knows this all too well, and that's why she created The Black Dot Campaign.
The campaign both raises awareness for spousal abuse, as well as gives victims a subtle platform to seek help from authorities.
This campaign simply advocates for domestic abuse victims to mark a black dot on the palm of their hand.
It's a very discreet sign that signals for help, without letting the abuser know their intentions to get assistance.
This way, the abuser won't catch on to what is going on, which protects the victims from any further abuse.
If you notice someone with a black dot on their hand, it is important to know how to approach the situation properly.
Never confront the abuser yourself, but instead get in contact with trained professionals who are able to intervene.
Never put yourself in the middle of a risky situation, but do your part to reach out to the authorities who can do the most help.
The Black Dot Campaign is an innovative idea that, according to its Facebook page, has helped women so far get out of abusive relationships.
However, it's important to note that it is not recognized by first responders, social workers or medical care professionals.
They may not immediately pick up the sign, so victims are advised to not rely solely on the black dot to obtain help, but instead to use it as a tool.