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, DeafBlind and hard of hearing:

Make efforts to understand the Deaf culture:

    • Invite deaf advocates to your program.
    • Recruit Deaf, DeafBlind 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: deafhelp@thehotline.org.

Further Resources

Resources provided by ADWAS: Abused Deaf Women Advocacy Services

California – San Francisco

Deaf Hope
470 27th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
Videophone: 510-735-8553
Office: 510-267-8800 (Voice)
Fax: 1-510-740-0946
Email: DeafHope@deaf-hope.org
Website: www.deaf-hope.org

California – Los Angeles

Peace Over Violence
Deaf, Disabled & Elder Services
Voice: 213.955.9090
Videophone: 213.7852749
Videophone: 213.785.2684
Fax: 213.955.9093
Email: peggie@peaceoverviolence.org
Email: laura@peaceoverviolence.org
Website: peaceoverviolence.org

California – Sacramento

Deaf Survivor Advocacy for Empowerment (DeafSAFE) program (under NorCal Services for Deaf/HH)
4708 Roseville Road, Suite 111
North Highlands, CA 95660
Direct/Videophone: 916-993-3393
Voice (after hours): 800-799-7233
Email: cmichaels@norcalcenter.org
Email: deafsafe@norcalcenter.org
Website: www.norcalcenter.org/deafsafe

Colorado

DOVE-Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Women and Children (Deaf men & teenagers too)
PO Box 150449
Denver, CO 80215
24 hour Crisis Line: 1-303-831-7874 (Videophone/Voice) or Hotline@deafdove.org*
(*Advocate will respond within 20 min)
Office: 303-831-7932 (Videophone/Voice)
Fax: 303-831-4092
Email: info@deafdove.org
Website: www.deafdove.org

Iowa

DIAA-Deaf Iowans Against Abuse
1652 42nd Street NE Suite D
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
VP/Voice: 319. 531. 7717
Email: jupahkyes@csd.org
Hotline VP/Voice: 319.531.7719
Email: DIAAHELP@csd.org
Crisis Text Line Only: 515.867.8177
Website: www.csddiaa.org

Illinois

Chicago Hearing Society-Domestic Violence Program
2001 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
Office: 1-773-248-9174 (TTY)
Office: 1-773-248-9121 (Voice)
Videophone: 773-904-0156
Fax: 1-773-248-9176
Email: AskCHS@anixter.org
Website: www.chicagohearingsociety.org

Massachusetts

Our Deaf Survivors Center, Inc ODSC
PO Box 2276
Worcester, MA 01613
VP appointments available: please email first
Suephilip@aol.com
Hotline: 844.637.2723 M-S from 5pm to 9am
Website: odscunity.blogspot.com

Minnesota

CSD of Minnesota-DV Program
2800 Rice Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55113
Office Videophone: 651-964-2051
Videophone to reach Advocate: 651-964-2052
Text Hotline: 651-403-9431
Email: jfrank@c-s-d.org
Fax: 651-256-1053
Website: www.c-s-d.org

New York – NYC

Barrier Free Living’s Non-Residential Domestic Violence Program
P.O Box 20799
New York, New York 10009
Videophone: 646-350-2662
Fax: 212-673-5167
Nicolyn Plummer
Email: Nicolynp@bflnyc.org
Hotline: 212-533-4358 V; After 5 P.M: 866-689-4357
Website: www.bflnyc.org

New York – Rochester

ASADV-Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims
PO Box 20023
Rochester, NY 14602-0023
VP: 585-286-2713
Email: ASADVhope@gmail.com
Website: www.asadv.org

New York – Syracuse

Vera House, Inc.
6181 Thompson Road, Suite 100
Syracuse, NY  13206
Phone:  315-425-0818
24-hour Crisis and Support Lines:
315-468-3260 Domestic Violence
315-422-7273 Rape & Sexual Assault
TTY:  315-484-7263 (business hours)

Ohio

DWAVE-Deaf World Against Violence Everywhere
PO Box 1286
Worthington, OH 43085
Office Videophone: 614-678-5476
Videophone to reach Advocate: 614-678-7822
Prevention and Education 614-388-9858 (VP)
Email: info@dwaveohio.org
Website: www.dwaveohio.org

Texas

Safe Place
PO Box 19454
Austin, TX 78760
24-hour hotline: 512-267-SAFE (7233)
TTY: 512-927-9616
Email: Info@SafePlace.org (general); Deafservices@SafePlace.org (staff)
Website: www.SafePlace.org

Utah

SLCAD: Sego Lily Center for the Abused Deaf
452 east 3900 south
Salt Lake City, Utah. 84107
Office hours Mon-Thurs 9-4pm, Fridays by appt only
(24/7 hotline services available for after hours)
Text/Voice: 801-997-0452
Videophone: 801-590-4920
Videophone after hours: 801-614-7885
Email: help@slcad.org
Website: www.slcad.org

Vermont

DVAS-Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services
PO Box 61
South Barre, VT 05670
Videophone/Voice: 802-661-4091 (Advocate will respond within 30 min)
Text: 720-235-6539
Fax: 1-802-479-9446
Email: kdarling@gmail.com
Website: www.dvas.org

Washington, D.C.

DAWN
5321 First Pl NE
Washington, DC 20011
Voice/Videophone: 202-559-5366
Fax: 1-202-742-1730
Email: info@deafdawn.org
Website: www.deafdawn.org

Washington

ADWAS-Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services
8623 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
24 Hour Crisis Line: 206-812-1001 (VP) or email: hotline@adwas.org
Office: 206-922-7088 (VP)
National Deaf Hotline (9a-5p PST) 1-855-812-1001VP/Email: DeafHelp@thehotline.org/Instant Messenger:DeafHotline
Fax: 1-206-726-0017
Email: adwas@adwas.org
Website: www.adwas.org

Wisconsin

Deaf Unity
PO Box 8713
Madison, WI 53708
Text line: 608.466.2881
Local Hotline: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm & 6pm to 10pm (Central Time)
Email: help@deafunitywi.org
Website: www.deafunitywi.org