We practice survivor centered philosophy. This means that you choose, you decide and we support your decision.
OUR CONFIDENTIAL AND FREE SERVICES INCLUDE
Talk with an advocate who can provide emotional support Request an advocate to support you at the hospital Help with legal issues such as restraining orders and police reports and go with you to court Advocacy to make sure you have qualified sign language interpreters and effective communication with hospital staff, police officers and in the court system Support in advocating for your safety and independence Resources or services for employment, SSI, education, housing, health care, Victim of Crime (VOC) compensation, immigration Request that an advocate work in a team with police, hospital, social worker, rehab counselor, therapist, and/or district attorney (DA) to better serve and support you.
WHO WE SERVE INCLUDE
Individuals who experience domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence and stalking who are deaf or hard of hearing, and intimate partners and family members close to survivors who are also emotionally affected.
WHAT CAN DEAFSAFE DO?
Listen, support, provide safety tools and self sufficiency. Help you with restraining orders, police reports, and communication access. Go with you to court and medical appointments.
WHAT CAN I DO TO SUPPORT A SURVIVOR?
Always listen to and believe the survivor. Ask the survivor how you can help. Respect the survivor's choices and boundary needs. Keep your conversations with the survivor confidential.
DEAF WOMEN ARE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
1 OUT OF 2
Facts & Stats: "DAWN" Web., 24 March 2016.
DEAF MEN EXPERIENCE SEXUAL TRAUMA IN THEIR LIFETIME
4 OUT OF 10
Schild & Dalenbery, 2015
COMPARED TO HEARING WOMEN DEAF WOMEN EXPERIENCE SEXUAL ASSAULT
TWICE THE RATE
THE MOST TROUBLING FACT IS...
"...the Deaf Community is largely invisible to victim service providers..."
Contact DeafSAFE if you are experiencing domestic violence, sexually assaulted or being stalked.
Partner with DeafSAFE to become more inclusive for the Deaf community and put an end to the silent epidemic of systematic re-traumatization for Deaf Survivors.
It is important to respond to the Deaf survivors' needs in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. DeafSAFE provides workshops for community members, law enforcement, hospitals and medical centers and nonprofit organizations at no charge.
If you live in Northern California and you are survivor who is deaf or hard of hearing, or your are a family member or a friend supporting a survivor, contact us for more information.
4708 Roseville Road, Suite 111
North Highlands, CA 95660
VP (916) 993-3393
V (916) 349-7500
National Hotline for Deaf Survivors
VP (209) 518-9361
This project was supported by 2014-UD-AX-0005 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.