Young DeafHope is a unique project working with young Deaf people of eleven years and older, to raise awareness of abuse and domestic violence. Our aim is to help young people change or avoid abusive behaviour, and to help them to have healthy relationships and stay safe.
Domestic abuse is any kind of violence or ill-treatment from family members, partners, ex-partners or carers. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, but you do not have to put up with it. It is your right to live free from fear of harm.
Young Deafhope gives young people the knowledge, skills and confidence to develop healthy relationships.
“I was suicidal, but thanks to Young DeafHope for the first time in 7 years I feel like I have a future”
Advice for young people on what good and bad relationships look like.
Why are deaf children more at risk?
Deaf children, on average, leave school with a low reading age and miss out on the key messages about abuse given through mainstream media and by word-of-mouth. They cannot access information in the same way as their hearing peers, so deaf children and young people are largely unaware of support networks, or even what constitutes abuse.
That means Deaf children can be more vulnerable to abuse and neglect, and they are much more likely than hearing children to develop social, emotional or behavioural problems. We are increasingly working with deaf young people who have experienced extreme forms of abuse, particularly Asian girls. Advice from the NSPCC
That means Deaf children can be more vulnerable to abuse and neglect, and they are much more likely than hearing children to develop social, emotional or behavioural problems. We are increasingly working with deaf young people who have experienced extreme forms of abuse, particularly Asian girls.
Advice from the NSPCC
Bullying and harassment are severe problems for deaf children and young people. They can be the victims of taunting and social exclusion from their hearing siblings and other children. The transition from school to college or work can be stressful for deaf young people, who may find the wider hearing world difficult or impossible to negotiate. This is a period when deaf young people’s mental health can deteriorate.
“I had an ‘honour’ based killing in my family and no one explained to me what this meant.
During a short one-to-one session with Young DeafHope I understood more, and now I can cope better.”
Young Deaf person, aged 13
This project has been made possible by an award from People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Ovingdean Hall Foundation. Please click on the link about our work with Heathlands School funded by the Trust.