If a hearing person is in an abusive relationship, they can access help via an emergency helpline. They can confide in their doctor without communication being a problem.
For Deaf women, it’s a very different story.
- Helplines are inaccessible.
- TV and radio campaigns are targeted at hearing people.
- Communication with any hearing professional can be extremely hard, especially if a Deaf woman’s perpetrator acts as her interpreter.
Everyday, 22 Deaf women are at risk of domestic abuse.
DeafHope are working to stop this.
During Deaf Awareness Week 2015, we are focused on raising awareness of all of our projects, including DeafHope.
If you didn’t know the barriers Deaf women encounter, please share this post. The more people that see it, the more likely we are to keep our life saving service going.
Please watch Damaris, one of our DeafHope workers, explain more about our work.