A Facebook campaign has been set up to help support domestic violence victims.
Within 6 days the campaign has already reached 4.8 million people worldwide have been reached.
Black Dot Campaign has said “Whilst that is absolutely outstanding that we are speaking up about such a subject, we need to remind everyone of a few things:
“The original ethos for this campaign was to enable a victim to put a dot on their hand around someone they trusted to enable a conversation to start, so they could open that door and hopefully start a process of seeking professional help.
“This is an idea, thinking outside of the box, trying to open up the worlds eyes and ears to what is going on in terms of abuse. The idea came from a former domestic violence victim.
“Professional bodies have not been advised or trained in the Black Dot, what it symbolises and what it means
“When people contact us we open the gates of communication and put them in touch with people who can really help
“Putting such a campaign on Facebook was about raising awareness on a social media platform
“This isn’t the solution that will help everyone, if anything it should help people realise what abuse is, how it affects people and how to access help.
“and most importantly SAFETY MUST ALWAYS COME FIRST. If you see a black dot or are approached by someone for help, if safe to do so take them to safety and get them in contact with the relevant agency. Intervention and support should only be done by professionals”