Our mission is to provide support to the Deaf community and to Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing individuals, families, and children who are survivors of domestic or sexual violence. We offer a safe and supportive environment of advocacy, empowerment, community education, and training services. All of our staff are Deaf, and all of our staff, advocates, and volunteers are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). It is our vision that the various components of ASADV be Deaf-run and advocates within institutionalized systems. We work cooperatively with various Deaf and hearing-based agencies. ASADV partners with the Willow Domestic Violence Center and RESTORE Sexual Assault Services.
Our Unique Contribution
We are an agency working with constituencies or communities that are marginalized and underrepresented in the work to end abuse. Our interest is primarily in engaging communities beyond education and awareness to address specific changes in policy or practice. In 2012, ASADV developed the Deaf Community Accountability Wheel. The Community Accountability work we have been doing is an effort to mobilize communities around this issue and shifting cultural norms and this approach is considered innovative. Being a part of a successful collective learning community requires each member to have an open heart and open mind. Being willing to constantly improve, promote collective responsibility and provide support to individuals and organizations is imperative to the success of this movement to end abuse. It is important that we all remain authentic and become accountable to one another in an effort to achieve our shared goals in this work because that is truly the best way to effect a deep and lasting change in our society.