Canadian artists draw attention to Signal for Help campaign and domestic violence

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A group of 16 Canadian artists is getting behind a social media campaign to raise awareness of hand gestures that may be used by people experiencing abuse in the home.
     
For the ``Signal for Help'' campaign, timed for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, each artist created their own interpretation of hand gestures a domestic abuse victim may use when seeking help.
     
The campaign was introduced earlier this year as a way for people to discreetly communicate over video call that they would like someone to check on them.
     
The Instagram artwork intends to draw more attention to the concept, in hopes that users will tag five of their friends on social media, exposing the symbolic hand gesture to more people.
     
The United Nations has called violence against women and girls during the COVID-19 crisis a ``shadow pandemic,'' as social isolation and concerns over health, safety and financial security increase tension.
     
A Statistics Canada analysis recently found that while reports of assaults by family members dropped between March and June, calls to police related to domestic disturbances increased by nearly 12 per cent.