Resources for Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Survivors

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Deaf survivors of domestic violence may face unique barriers when it comes to accessing services or leaving an abusive situation. Dynamics within Deaf, DeafBlind, or hard of hearing communities can make confidentiality difficult, and abusive partners may limit access to support.

Commonly used tactics and examples of behaviors against this population include:

  • Isolation (controlling communications, gaslighting, or preventing a person from participating in conversations or social situations, especially with hearing people),

  • Intimidation (signing in an exaggerated manner or close to someone’s face)

  • Shame (exploiting insecurities of ASL skills, speaking poorly about the Deaf community, prohibiting a person from taking pride in Deaf culture or using ASL)

  • Manipulation (spreading lies or rumors, telling a survivor that they won’t be supported if they try to seek help or support, intentionally misinterpreting during situations involving law enforcement)

Resources

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