Culture, Language, and Access: Key Considerations for Serving Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Recent research suggests that Deaf women experience higher rates of sexual and domestic violence than their hearing counterparts, but are often shut off from victim services and supports that are ill-equipped to respond to their unique needs. As a result, they are denied access to services that could help them safely flee from abuse, heal from trauma, and seek justice after they have been harmed. This policy brief offers practical suggestions for expanding and enhancing Deaf survivors’ access to victim services and other supports.
Nancy Smith, the director of Vera’s Center on Victimization and Safety, and Erin Esposito, the executive director of Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims (ASADV), discuss emerging research on the needs of Deaf survivors.
Read Culture, Language, and Access: Key Considerations for Serving Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence at http://www.vera.org/pubs/special/serv...
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