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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.
I think this is a great campaign! A dot on your hand isn't too visible but it can send a very powerful message and help those in dangerous situations.
I think what you said about people not knowing about this could be an issue, but I can also see professionals in this environment probably really know their stuff.
Absolutely! I definitely see more good in this campaign, than bad. Domestic violence is a hidden hell and I hope that this campaign empower victims. @Nicolejb
This is so interesting! It’s very true that domestic violence can be hard to communicate to professionals and seek help. But at the same time, I can see how vocalizing your trauma can be part of the healing process. sometimes it’s even empowering to vocalize. perhaps this is a good first-step to victims that feel uncomfortable though!
This is a really great idea, but I can definitely see your concerns about how it would work in practice. I remember the same concerns being voiced about the Aspire News app which looks like a way to read the news when in fact it allows people to look up shelters and other resources in their area. It's great in theory, but it relies on peoples' awareness, and if an abuser becomes aware of it, their victim could be in more danger (victims are often more likely to be killed if their abuser thinks they are trying to leave). It's unfortunate that the efficacy of these programs relies on awareness, when awareness also makes them vulnerable. I think that's why we need to look at them as additional resources, instead of "one size fits all" solutions.
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