Culture, Language, and Access: Serving Deaf Survivors

Recent research suggests that Deaf women experience higher rates of sexual and domestic violence than their hearing counterparts, but are often shut off from victim services and supports that are ill-equipped to respond to their unique needs. As a result, they are denied access to services that could help them safely flee from abuse, heal from trauma, and seek justice after they have been harmed. The Culture, Language, and Access: Key Considerations for Serving Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence policy brief offers practical suggestions for expanding and enhancing Deaf survivors’ access to victim services and other supports.

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Published on:
January 1, 2015
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Communities of Focus:
Dating and Domestic Violence, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Sexual Assault
Intended Audience:
Administrator/Funder, Criminal Justice Personnel, Disability/Deaf Services Provider, Self-Advocate, Technical Assistance Provider, Victim Services Provider