The Black Dot campaign encourages victims of domestic violence to ask help, when they feel they cannot ask for it verbally. A black dot is drawn at the palm of the hand -- a silent way to open a dialogue with professionals or with those whom you trust to help you. Because victims are often afraid of speaking out about domestic violence, this campaign offers another way to communicate their abuse. The Black Dot campaign has gone viral, and currently has reached about 4.8 million people --according to Facebook.
Polly Neate from Women's Aid told The Huffington Post: "It can be very difficult and dangerous for victims of domestic abuse to speak out about what is happening to them, due to fear of what the perpetrator will do, and fear of not being believed." "The Black Dot could help some victims to communicate their abuse and it is useful to have a range of options because women's circumstances vary greatly." There has been debate as to whether this campaign would be helpful or not. One of the issues is that if the abuser knows about the campaign, this can cause a very dangerous situation for the victim -- if the victim tries to use The Black Dot campaign for help. The other issue is that if the victim does try to seek help through the campaign, other people might not know what the black dot means. The idea of the campaign sounds great in theory, but there are definitely several issues that need to be addressed with campaigns like this one.