Working with Deaf Survivors of Domestic Violence
The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence OPDV Bulletin/Summer 2013 reports on working with Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence.
The story notes that while limited research exists regarding the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence within the Deaf community, agencies that provide Deaf services report that Deaf individuals experience domestic and sexual violence at significantly greater rates than hearing individuals. Ongoing training and education about Deaf culture and communication can build trust with the Deaf community. Additionally, collaboration between law enforcement and victim service providers is essential in developing appropriate policies and procedures to consistently provide Deaf survivors with the support and resources they need.