Domestic Violence is one crime that has been flooding inside homes for ages. But COVID-19 was quite unfair to humans especially females at home. With the lockdown, almost everyone was jailed inside their houses leading to frustration and criminal heads parallelly.
Crimes such as homicide, sexual abuse, domestic violence passed the threshold. There have been cases where these crimes have compressed the victim to commit suicide as well. The Women’s Funding Network, an umbrella organization for funds and foundations that works in the field of women’s empowerment has come up with a hand gesture that might help these victims.
The hand gesture by the Women’s Funding Network is a simple hand movement that helps the victim to convey the message that she is suffering from domestic violence. Here are the steps to do it:
Step 1: Put the hand up, palm facing in front of the camera when on a Video Call.
Step 2: Place your thumb in the center of your palm horizontally.
Step 3: Wrap the thumb with four fingers making a fist.
Take a Dekko to All The Tweets:
IF YOU SEE SOMEONE MAKE THIS HAND GESTURE OR YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE USE THIS HAND GESTURE! Share so everyone knows pic.twitter.com/c4pMOq9eah
— Sabah 💜 (@MrsSKLodhi93) June 5, 2020
With rates of #domesticviolence spiking worldwide, our friends at @womensfunding have launched Signal for Help, a single-hand gesture to use on video calls to alert family/friends/colleagues that someone needs help and would like to be safely checked on. https://t.co/lFWtwaGpa7
— A Call to Men (@acalltomen) May 9, 2020
This simple hand gesture was launched early in the COVID-19 pandemic last year to address a worldwide rise in domestic violence and help those suffering while stuck at home. It could also be used in other situations, such as when answering the door. pic.twitter.com/MYHufupDBU
— Sascha Mullen 💙 (@SMullenHV) March 13, 2021
This hand gesture is called "Signal for help" hand gesture.
Victims of domestic violence can use this hand gesture via video call to signal that they've been abused.
Please share this message. You may not need it but someone might.#EndDomesticViolencehttps://t.co/VGJIYXpJLt
— Nikunj Rathod (@NikunjRathod_) June 12, 2020
One of the most important videos I’ve come across. The hand gesture that this woman does is the signal for someone experiencing #DomesticViolence. Save and Share it so that someone who needs to use it or someone who sees it can get the help needed. @cdnwomenfdn pic.twitter.com/TyJ3YALbdZ
— Nadia (@TheLifeOfNadia) June 15, 2020
There are n number of services and help out there you can communicate to if you are a victim or find someone you know who is suffering. Suicides and self-harm are no option to put yourself out of assault.