Distress Hand Signal

A distress hand signal is a hand signal to indicate distress and need of rescue. This hand sign symbol has been widely used by domestic abuse victims to secretly signal that they need assistance. You can download and share these posts with your residents to inform them what this signal means.

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Distress Hand Signal

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A distress hand signal is a hand signal to indicate distress and need of rescue. This hand sign symbol has been widely used by domestic abuse victims to secretly signal that they need assistance. If you observe an individual signaling with palm outward with the thumb across it, and the fingers are then closed over the thumb, this may be a domestic abuse victim who needs rescue. Don't hesitate to call the police or a crisis hotline if you believe someone is in danger. By remaining aware of our surroundings and being willing to help, we can make our communities safer for everyone.

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Source: https://canadianwomen.org/


Signal for Help

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If you see someone using the distress hand signal shows in graphic above, that is a signal for help. It is important to check in with them and find out what they need.

- They may want to tell you what is happening, or they may ask for help finding services.
- If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local emergency services.

In any case, it is important to be there for the person in distress and provide whatever support they may need. By being aware of the distress hand signal and knowing how to respond, you can help save a life or even your own.

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Source: https://canadianwomen.org/


 

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