Improve Your Program’s Outreach
If you are a family violence program, here are some ideas for helping improve your program’s outreach to those Deaf, Deaf-blind, and hard of hearing:
Make efforts to understand the Deaf culture:
- Invite deaf advocates to your program.
- Recruit Deaf, Deaf-blind, and hard of hearing volunteers.
- Become familiar with deaf resources: local interpreters, churches, cultural groups and school programs.
- Add TTY phone numbers to printed materials.
- Teach staff to use TTY and ensure that the line is always answered.
- Ensure that television public service announcements are close captioned.
The hotline also provides technical assistance to hearing programs to help them meet the needs of deaf survivors seeking their services. If you or your organization needs more information please e-mail: email@example.com.
From ADWAS: Abused Deaf Women Advocacy Services
California — Oakland
California — Los Angeles
California — Sacramento
Colorado — Denver
Illinois — Chicago
Chicago Hearing Society-Domestic Violence Program
Office: 1-773-248-9174 (TTY)
Office: 1-773-248-9121 (V)
Iowa — Des Moines
DIAA – Deaf Iowans Against Abuse
Crisis Hotline V/VP: 319-531-7719
Crisis Hotline (Text Only): 515-867-8177
Crisis Hotline Email: DIAAHELP@c-s-d.org
Minnesota — St. Paul
New York — New York
Barrier Free Living’s Non-Residential Domestic Violence Program
VP: 866-641-4604: 646-350-2662
Hotline: 212-533-4358 (V); After 5PM – 866-689-4357
New York — Rochester
Ohio — Columbus
Utah — Salt Lake City
Wisconsin — Madison