Incidents of domestic violence have skyrocketed in Canada with victims confined to their homes along with their abusers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the Canadian Women’s Foundation put together an educational video on how to ask for help without speaking or leaving an online trace.

If you are, or know someone who is, experiencing violence at home help is available.

Isolation can increase the risk of violence at home. If this is the case for you, use this signal on a video call to show you need help. If someone gives you this signal on a video call, visit to learn how to check in safely and find support resources in your community. #SignalForHelp #COVID19

The foundation is now fundraising through the Tireless Together Fund, a national emergency fund to help vital services. It is also working with the federal government to distribute funding to vital services across Canada.