Signal For Help

What is the signal for help?

In 2021, a North Carolina teen was rescued by police after using a one-handed gesture to signal distress that went viral on the social media platform TikTok.

The made-in-Canada distress signal was co-developed by the Canadian Women’s Foundation and a Toronto ad agency upon launching their campaign, Signal for Help

Become a Signal for Help Responder by signing up on the Canadian Women’s Foundation website. You will receive the Action Guide as well as other tools to recognize the signs of gender-based violence and offer stigma-free support. When you know how to respond to the signs of abuse, you can change the story.

Every 6 days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.

This tool can help save lives - print it, share it, teach it.

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In sisterhood and solidarity,