Dating violence deaf community

Survivors often feel responsible for causing the violence.

Abusers rarely take responsibility for their actions.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline partners with Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services to provide a Hotline staffed by Deaf Advocates who communicate in American Sign Language and answer calls from 9am-5pm PST, Monday through Friday.

But what about calls that occur after 5pm and on weekends when the Deaf advocates are not available to receive calls due to lack of funding?

For example, “If you leave me, I will go to court and take the children away from you.” Abusers often use male or hearing privilege against their partner.

The classes are taught in ASL and offer parenting skills and discuss how domestic violence affects the whole family.

Domestic violence (DV) is a pattern of power and control that one person uses against their intimate partner.

Using a sample of Deaf female undergraduate students, the current study sought to investigate the prevalence, correlates, and characteristics of intimate partner violence victimization in hearing–Deaf and Deaf–Deaf relationships.

Initial results suggest that similarities in hearing status and communication preference are associated with increased levels of negotiation within these relationships.

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