What Do Little Black Dots on People’s Hands Signify?

February 12, 2016 Updated: February 12, 2016

A new campaign has people drawing black dots on their hands if they’re victims of abuse.

The movement encourages people to put the dots on their hands if they need help but aren’t able to speak out.

“This is a campaign to help the most vulnerable victims of domestic violence,” according to the campaign’s Facebook page.

“They simply draw a black dot on their hands and agencies, family, friends, community centers, doctors, hospitals can recognize this person needs help but can not ask for it.”

The dot isn’t the perfect solution, but many have lauded the initiative to bring something new to the table that could help save lives.

Danielle Tredgett, a former victim of domestic abuse, is one of them.

(Black Dot Campaign)
(Black Dot Campaign)


“I felt so alone with nobody to talk to,” she wrote on Facebook. “Luckily I escaped but not many people do.”

The woman who started the campaign, who is anonymous so far, told Huff Post: “This has helped many people already and I thank everyone for their continued support.”

“People are talking about domestic abuse, they are sharing my posts and opening up the world’s eyes to this issue,” she added.

“People are thanking me, we have helped people access services they didn’t feel strong enough to access, and we are raising awareness worldwide.”

For anonymous help 24 hours, 7 days a week call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).