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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From ADWAS: Abused Deaf Women Advocacy Services
California — San Francisco
California — Los Angeles
California — Sacramento
California — San Diego
DOVE: Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment
24 hour TTY/Voice Crisis Line: 303-831-7874 (VP/V) or Hotline@deafdove.org
Chicago Hearing Society-Domestic Violence Program
Office: 1-773-248-9174 (TTY)
Office: 1-773-248-9121 (V)
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
New York — New York City
Barrier Free Living’s Non-Residential Domestic Violence Program
Hotline 9AM-5PM: 646-350-2262 or 212-533-4358
Hotline after 5PM: Safe Horizon at 800-621-4673
Email: Nicolyn Plummer at email@example.com
New York — Rochester
New York — Syracuse
Vera House, Inc.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisconsin — Madison