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Expand advocacy services for deaf & hard of hearing survivors of violence and sexual assault

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America’s Deaf Community is a beautiful linguistic and cultural minority. But we also experience domestic violence, as barriers to resources and communication put us at greater risk of becoming and remaining victims of violence.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline partners with Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS) to provide a Hotline staffed by Deaf Advocates who answer video calls from 9-5pm, Monday through Friday in American Sign Language.  Because Deaf advocates truly understand who they are helping, and can easily communicate information and access to resources with sensitive training. 

Violence doesn’t keep regular work hours, and calls for help do occur after 5pm and on weekends. And the Deaf advocates are not there to receive calls due to lack of funding.

A hotline can be a critical lifeline to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  But what if one couldn’t speak the language of the person at the other end? In the Deaf/hard of hearing community, access to information and resources related to domestic violence and sexual assault is often limited and especially impersonal when communicating through a video relay interpreter.

There are over 2 million Deaf Americans who deserve equal access to resources that provide safety and help end victimization. Our community needs fully trained, and accessible Deaf advocates more than ever answering late night calls for help. 

Who do we want to answer the call? Help us now in expanding our program we can have Deaf advocates can answer those calls for help around the clock, 24/7.  

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