Help Deaf Victims of violence!

$1,900 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 50 months
It is estimated that one in every 4 women is beaten and one in every 5 women is sexually assaulted in thier lifetime.  For the deaf and hard of hearing that ratio is even higher.   Isolation and systems that can't communicate or don't understand the culture of the deaf communities make getting help even more difficult. 

Mary Elizabeth was held captive by her abuser for months.  She couldn't scream for help, she had no means of communication.  Her life line (her cell phone) was taken away and she was systematically beaten and abused.  Because he had already alienated her friends and family, none of them were in regular touch and no one was looking for her.   When she finally broke free in a state of panic and found her way to the police department she couldn't communicate. She waited long hours for law enforcement to locate a signing interpreter.  Isolated, alone and petrified she waited. 

This is NOT how it should be.  Womanspace has begun a Deaf Advocacy Project that will train Deaf volunteers to respond to victims immediately.  We are working in partnership with the NJ Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the NJ Coalition for Battered Women and the NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault.  Everyone is volunteering their time to make this project become a reality.  The NJ Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing has been a wonderful support in providing American Sign Language interpreters but the ability to continue to provide that is limited and the other associated costs for 80 hours of training, ongoing supervision, travel expenses and amenitites like food and clothing are unmet needs. 

The newly trained Deaf Advocates will have the ability to accompany the Deaf Victim to the police station, court, the hospital and wherever the Victim needs their support that will help her/him feel safe.  We want to ensure that no one should be alone during such a traumatic time.

This project is being piloted in Mercer County NJ but will be available throughout the state within two years.  We need your help to make all this a reality. 

Please help us in providing this critical support that will be life sustaining, life saving and life supporting for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Victims. 

Try to imagine your life without a voice...and then dig deep and help us to provide a voice for the hundreds and hundreds of victims who will benefit from your generosity.
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68,000 deaf individuals in NJ... More than 25% will experience abuse in their lifetime. Help us be there for them in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way. Support our Deaf Advocacy Project today!
This amazing group of advocates are here to help!
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We're moving closer to access to supportive and life saving services to the deaf community.
Thanks to all the volunteer deaf advocates who are dedicating their time to ensure everyone can access safety.
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$1,900 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 50 months
Created January 20, 2015
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Wayne Gill
44 months ago

"Isolated, alone and petrified she waited." Womanspace , a light for those suffering the darkness....

Sharon D'Agostino
47 months ago

Thank you for initiating this very important work.

Jane Altman
47 months ago

This is a wonderful, long overdue project!

Kristin Keller
48 months ago

Keep up the amazing work!

49 months ago
Mary E Brown
50 months ago

Keep doing the wonderful job that you do. I wish I could give more. Be Blessed, Mary

50 months ago
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