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The Deaf Community is a beautiful linguistic and cultural minority. But we also experience violence.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline partners with Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services to provide a Hotline staffed by Deaf Advocates who communicate in American Sign Language and answer calls from 9am-5pm PST, Monday through Friday.

But what about calls that occur after 5pm and on weekends when the Deaf advocates are not available to receive calls due to lack of funding?

Instead, calls are routed to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, where hearing advocates answer using interpreters after hours. We need fully trained Deaf advocates that can answer using American Sign Language any time they are needed.

Who do we want to answer the call? Help us expand our program so Deaf Advocates are able to answer the call, 24/7.

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The Value of 24 / 7 Hotline

Domestic violence impacts the community in more ways than you may realize. Tiffany Williams, Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS) executive director, explains the value of the National Domestic Violence Hotline—not just for survivors but also for the friends and family who make up the survivor's support network.

If you or anyone you know are experiencing violence, don’t hesitate to call for help. Deaf advocates at the ADWAS National Domestic Violence Hotline answers videophone calls, instant messages, and emails Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM PST. More information can be found on their website.

Let’s build a healthy community without violence.

Violence in the deaf community is not an invisible problem to us. Deaf anti-violence advocacy programs around the country work every day to support survivors and their families. We have the experience and the expertise to serve our community, but with your support we could do so much more. Learn more about the organizations below by visiting their webpage.

Community at Risk.

The Deaf community is at greater risk of experiencing violence and abuse. Lack of communication access makes the deaf experience different.


Deaf individuals that are under- or unemployed.

The rate of unemployment is high in the Deaf community, and greatly impacts Deaf survivors. They are at great risk of being trapped in abusive relationships due to not being able to support themselves financially.

25% of the Deaf experience emotional abuse.

In addition to domestic violence, emotional abuse can be very damaging to those in the Deaf and hard of hearing community. It leaves survivors at emotional risk, and can impair their future relationships.

More likely to experience abuse in their lifetime.

Deaf and hard of hearing individuals are 150% more likely to be victims of assault, abuse and bullying in their lifetime. Domestic violence impacts one out of every two Deaf women, and one out of every six Deaf men.

Women with disabilities that are sexually abused.

According to the National Sexual Violence Research Center, 83% of women with disabilities will experience sexual abuse. Abusers are more prone to take advantage of women who are disabled.

*Available data may not accurately represent marginalized cultural communities.

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