Keys 4 D/deaf Access

Cleveland, Ohio

Keys 4 D/deaf Access is a collaboration established by three organizations in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  The collaboration includes Cleveland Division of Police, Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC), and Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC). Together, they are working to create sustainable change for survivors of domestic violence who are Deaf or hard of hearing, by fostering collaborative relationships among organizations and implementing changes that will maximize interaction with law enforcement, service provision, and choice for individuals.

Our Unique Contribution

Keys 4 D/deaf Access developed a Safety and Access Review tool to help assess necessary changes needed to maximize the ability of law enforcement and service providers to effectively communicate with and serve Deaf and hard of hearing survivors. The tool assesses communication access, physical safety, emotional and psychological safety, cultural understanding, and confidentiality. In addition to including communication access and cultural competency, this resource also includes a component to assess law enforcement response to Deaf survivors.

Contact Us

Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center

Maria O'Neil Ruddock, Project Director

Phone: (216) 325-7552

At a Glance

    Project Reach

  • Local

    Agency Type

  • Criminal Justice Agency
  • Disability Organization
  • Domestic Violence Program

    Disability Focus

  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing

    Victimization Type

  • Intimate Partner Violence

    Solutions Implemented

  • Building Partnerships
  • Enhancing Services
  • Strengthening Prevention

This project is supported by the Office on Violence Against Women’s Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grant Program.