Violence at Home Signal for help | The Mind Set

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 999
(if in the UK) or your local emergency services.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline –

Mobile: 0808 2000 247
Website: (run by Refuge)

The Mix, for under 25s in the UK –

Mobile:  0808 808 4994

The Men’s Advice Line –

Mobile: 0808 801 0327

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline –

Mobile: 0800 999 5428

Violence at home signal for help | The Mind Set

If you need to send someone a signal;

The ‘Signal for Help’ is a hand gesture which can be used on video calls without leaving a digital trace. A person can silently and safely show someone they are in distress. The hand is held up with the palm facing the camera, before the thumb is tucked into the palm and the fingers close over the top. If you see someone use the Signal for Help;

If you need to send someone a signal;

Check in with the person safely to find out what they need and want you to do.
Call them and ask questions that can be answered with “yes” or  “no”.

This may reduce risk if someone is listening. For example:
“Would you like me to call 999?”

“Would you like me to call a refuge on your behalf?” (Find advice through Safer Places.)
“Should I look for some services that might help you and call you  back?” (Find some services you can reach out to.)

Use another form of communication such as text, social media, WhatsApp, or email and ask general questions. This may reduce risk if someone is watching the person’s device or accounts. For example;

You can ask:
“How are you doing?”
“How can I help you out?”
“Get in touch with me when you can.”

Other questions you can ask:
“Do you want me to reach out to you regularly?”
“How else can I support you?”