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Julie Cook Kitchener Aug 11, 2020 1:56 am

COVID-19 has created an upsurge in domestic violence around the world (WHO, 2020). Some of you may be working with vulnerable populations such as abused women and children, or you may know someone who is vulnerable to domestic violence at this time. I have seen a few campaigns that aim to address this problem, such as the Help is Here campaign from the Australian government, which streamlines access to support via one phone number. I've also found the White Ribbon campaign from the UK, which encourages men to make a commitment to "never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women". Another interesting one, which is creative in its removal of barriers for vulnerable people to escape from violent situations, is the Canadian Women's Foundation's Signal for Help campaign. They have come up with a silent, single-hand gesture that can alert family, friends or colleagues that an individual needs help. 

All of these campaigns take a slightly different approach but may be equally effective in ensuring that victims/survivors can escape their situation and that men do not stand by when other men are being abusive. 


WHO (2020, May 26). FIFA, European Commission, and World Health Organization launch #SafeHome campaign to support those at risk from domestic violence. Retrieved from: https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/26-05-2020-fifa-european-commission-and-world-health-organization-launch-safehome-campaign-to-support-those-at-risk-from-domestic-violence