One in six women are victims of abuse in their relationships and one survivor hopes a small black dot can get them help. The Black Dot Campaign aims to help abuse victims by encouraging them to draw a black dot on their palm as a silent way to ask for help from those nearby. It can be used by not only women, but also men and children who face abuse.
Danielle Tredgett, the woman behind the campaign, wrote that when she was a victim of abuse she, “felt so alone with nobody to talk to.” She added that this campaign was targeted towards domestic abuse’s “most vulnerable victims.” The tiny black dot is meant to help victims overcome the shame and fear they face by starting a conversation they may be unable to initiate.
The Black Dot Campaign has launched with some critique. Those unsure of the campaign are wondering what will happen to victims if their partner knows what the dot means. This is particularly a concern given the campaign’s viral nature.
Tredgett responded to this critique by noting that any idea of help in the realm of domestic violence is risky. She added: “That’s why we continue to invent new ways to help. The black dot is not the only way to access help but it could be the one that could help a particular person. Each domestic abuse case is completely different, each perpetrator behaves differently, with one thing in common: CONTROL.”
While the Black Dot Campaign might not be the route to help for everyone, it’s a simple way that many fearful victims may finally be able to ask ask for the help they need.
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