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: deafhelp@thehotline.org.

Further Resources

From ADWAS: Abused Deaf Women Advocacy Services

California — San Francisco

Deaf Hope
510-267-8800 (V/TTY)
510-740-0946 (Fax)
*NOTE: Family Justice Center will take your message and pass it on to Deaf Hope staff
Email: DeafHope@deaf-hope.org
Website: www.deaf-hope.org

California — Los Angeles

Peace Over Violence
213-955-9090 (V)
213-785-268 (VP)
213-785-2749 (VP)
213-955-9093 (Fax)
Email: peggie@peaceoverviolence.org
Website: http://peaceoverviolence.org

California — Sacramento

DeafSAFE – Deaf Survivor Advocacy for Empowerment Program
(under NorCal Services for Deaf/HH)
916-993-3393 (direct/VP)
Email: deafsafe@norcalcenter.org
Website: www.norcalcenter.org/deafsafe

California — San Diego

National Center for Deaf Advocacy
858-997-2285 (VP)
619-456-9609 (Voice)
858-568-7147 (Message)
877-276-1922 (Fax)
Email: FrontDesk.NCDA@gmail.com
Website: www.NCDA-USA.org

Colorado 

DOVE: Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment
24 hour TTY/Voice Crisis Line: 303-831-7874 (VP/V) or Hotline@deafdove.org
303-831-7932 (VP/V)
303-831-4092 (Fax)
E-mail: info@deafdove.org
Website: www.deafdove.org

Illinois

Chicago Hearing Society-Domestic Violence Program
Office: 1-773-248-9174 (TTY)
Office: 1-773-248-9121 (V)
773-904-0156 (VP)
1-773-248-9176 (Fax)
E-mail: AskCHS@anixter.org
Website: www.chicagohearingsociety.org

Iowa

DIAA – Deaf Iowans Against Abuse
319-432-7675 (VP)
Crisis Text Line Only: 515-867-8177
319-294-4183 (Fax)
319-294-4181 (TTY)
Email: jupah@c-s-d.org
Website: www.c-s-d.org

Massachusetts 

ODSC — Our Deaf Sisters’ Center
Email: Suephilips@aol.com
Website: http://odscunity.blogspot.com/

Minnesota 

Communication Service for the Deaf, CSD of Minnesota
Office: 651-964-2051 (VP)
To Reach an Advocate: 651-964-2052 (VP)
Text Hotline: 651-403-9431
651-256-1053 (Fax)
Email: jfrank@c-s-d.org
Website: www.c-s-d.org

New York — New York City

Barrier Free Living’s Non-Residential Domestic Violence Program
646-350-2662 (VP)
212-673-5167 (Fax)
Hotline 9AM-5PM: 646-350-2262 or 212-533-4358
Hotline after 5PM: Safe Horizon at 800-621-4673
Email: Nicolyn Plummer at nicolynp@bflnyc.org
Website: www.bflnyc.org

New York — Rochester

ASADV – Rochester Advocacy Services for Deaf Victims
585-286-2713 (VP)
Email: asadvhope@gmail.com
Website: www.asadv.org

New York — Syracuse

Vera House, Inc.
Office: 315-425-0818
315-484-7263 (TTY during business hours)
24-hour DV Crisis Line: 315-468-3260
24-hour Rape & Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 315-422-7273
Email: Lindsay Ryan at lryan@ariseinc.org

Ohio 

DWAVE – Deaf World Against Violence
Office: 614-678-5476 (VP)
To reach Advocate: 614-678-7822 (VP)
Prevention and Education: 614-388-9858 (VP)
Email: info@dwaveohio.org
Website: www.dwaveohio.org

Texas

Safe Place
24-hour hotline: 512-267-SAFE (7233)
512-927-9616 (TTY)
Email: Info@SafePlace.org (general)
Email: Deafservices@SafePlace.org (staff)
Website: www.SafePlace.org

Utah

SLCAD – Salt Lake City Sego Lily Center for the Abused Deaf
Office: 801-590-4920
Email: info@slcad.org
Website: www.slcad.org

Vermont

DVAS – Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services
Office: 802-661-4091 (VP/V)
802-479-9446 (Fax)
Email: kdarling@dvas.org
Website: www.dvas.org

Washington, DC

DAWN – Deaf Abused Women’s Network
202-559-5366 (VP/V)
202-742-1730 (Fax)
24/7 Hotline Pager Email: Hotline@deafdawn.org
Email: info@deafdawn.org
Website: www.deafdawn.org

Washington

ADWAS-Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services
24 Hour Crisis Line: 206-812-1001 (VP) or Hotline@adwas.org
Office: 206-922-7088 (VP)
206-726-0017 (Fax)
Email: adwas@adwas.org
Website: www.adwas.org

Wisconsin — Madison

Deaf Unity
Hotline email: help@deafunitywi.org
Website: www.deafunitywi.org