90% of Deaf children are born to hearing parents, therefore they are at a higher risk of experiencing isolation. Deaf women, compared to hearing women, are twice as likely to suffer from domestic abuse. The Deaf community is very small, so Deaf women are scared of reporting their perpetrators. All of these statements are facts.
On Tuesday 17th June, SignHealth’s DeafHope service organised a conference to bring Deaf and hearing services together. Our aim? To improve Deaf people’s support if they are suffering from domestic abuse.
Did you know…
- It is estimated that there are 22 Deaf women at risk of domestic abuse everyday.
- DeafHope is the first UK service to support Deaf victims.
- Over the last 3 years, we have supported 100 women in London and the South East. 114 children were involved in these situations. 58 of these children were subject to Child Protection cases, and 7 children have been removed for adoption.
- DeafHope have experienced three gang related issues.
- 27 DeafHope cases have included BME, seven of which happened in the last two months.
- We have trained more than 800 people to support Deaf abused women.
- Over 400 people have attended our workshops.
- One of our aims for the future includes setting up a Deaf helpline using Skype or FaceTime to reassure and support Deaf women. This service will mean we can help woman throughout England.
Our conference received a huge amount of support from similar organisations, including:
- PLOD – Police Link Officers for Deaf People
- Peabody – London housing providers and community programme organisers
- CAFCASS – Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service
- Deaf Parenting UK
- NSPCC Child Protection Research Centre
- HHAS – Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service
- Hatch End High School
- NDCS – National Deaf Children’s Society
- Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Grant-making foundation
- Metropolitan Police / Leicestershire Police
- City Lit – Course provider
- KDAC – Kent Domestic Abuse Consortium
- Solace Women’s Aid
- Genie Networks – Information, guidance and social care support for Deaf people
- Ashiana Network – Supporting South Asian, Turkish and Iranian women experiencing domestic violence
- Rape Crisis South London
- About Me Care and Support – Helping people in their homes
- Victim Support – Support for victims of crime
- Shelter – Offering support to homeless and poorly housed people
- BDA – British Deaf Association
- AVA – Against Violence and Abuse
- Women’s Aid – National domestic violence charity