Have you ever heard of 'The Black Dot' Campaign? It is not only a way of raising awareness of domestic violence, but it is mostly used as a silent cry for help from someone who is being abused by their domestic partner.

According to the campaign's Facebook page,

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.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, at any point in a relationship. Sometimes there is no physical evidence and no warning signs. It's not just women who can fall victim to domestic abuse. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence,

Nearly 3 in 10 women and 1 in 10 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner [or former partner] and reported at least one impact related to experiencing these or other forms of violent behavior in the relationship.

This epidemic effects everyone and in most cases it's difficult or impossible for the abused person and in most cases children to escape. Maybe this campaign will help someone you know to get the help they need. Always keep your eyes peeled for that little black dot.

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