Sure, the video may have been staged, but it is an important lesson nevertheless.
The Signal for Help (or the Violence at Home Signal for Help) is a single-handed gesture that can be used over a video call or in person by an individual to alert others that they feel threatened and need help. Originally, the signal was created as a tool to combat the rise in domestic violence cases around the world linked to self-isolation measures that were related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The signal is performed by holding one hand up with the thumb tucked into the palm, then folding the four other fingers down, symbolically trapping the thumb by the rest of the fingers. It was designed intentionally as a single continuous hand movement, rather than a sign held in one position, so it could be made easily visible.
The Signal for Help was created by the Canadian Women’s Foundation and introduced on April 14, 2020.
Note this differs from the American Sign Language signal for “help” or “help me,” which is a distinct two-handed gesture.