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Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Service – ADWAS – serving Deaf and Deaf-Blind victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by offering crisis intervention, support groups, legal and system advocacy, individual therapy, community education, professional training, materials development, and the on-going project of creating emergency and transitional housing for Deaf and Deaf-Blind victims of domestic violence, Seattle, WA.


Access Initiative: Documenting our progress towards greater accessibility, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence  this resource page describes the story of the Access Initiative, offers definitions of key terms, and provides an overview of our key activities and accomplishments. Also included are lessons learned and recommendations, a list of materials and resources to support continued learning in this area, and links to organizations that focus on promoting accessibility and civil rights for people with disabilities, Harrisburg, PA.


Accessing Safety Initiative – disability organizations often lack the resources needed to safely respond to domestic and sexual violence; victim services are often unable to address the access needs of people with disabilities. The Initiative, of the Vera Insittute of Justice's Center on Victimization & Safety, promotes collaborations between disability and victim service organizations and enhances organizational capacity to serve Deaf survivors and survivors with disabilities, New York, NY.


Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. Department of Justice – information and technical assistance on the ADA.

Center for Research on Women with Disabilities, Baylor College of Medicine – a research center that focuses on issues related to health, aging, civil rights, abuse, and independent living. The purpose is to promote, develop, and disseminate information to expand the life choices of women with disabilities so that they may fully participate in community life. More specifically, researchers develop and evaluate models for interventions to address specific problems effecting women with disabilities, Houston, TX. See Violence Against Women with Disabilities ~ Access to Domestic Violence Programs.

Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services – offers individual advocacy services for Deaf domestic and sexual violence victims. Works with hearing agencies in the domestic and sexual violence field to change policies to be accessible for Deaf victims. Educates hearing agencies about Deaf culture. Offers hearing agencies technical support to find and use proper equipment for accessibility, South Barre, VT.


DeafHope – our mission is to end domestic and sexual violence against Deaf women and children through empowerment, education and services. The mission will be achieved on three levels ~ by providing services to Deaf women and children who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence; by educating our community and service providers about domestic and sexual violence; and by providing statewide training and technical assistance to establish more Deaf-run services for Deaf survivors, Oakland, CA.


Disability & Abuse Project – our focus is physical, sexual and emotional abuse of people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Our mission is to identify ways to reduce the risk of abuse, to promote healing for victims and to seek justice for those who have been victimized. Our action areas are public awareness, education and training, policy development, law enforcement and professional consulting, Los Angeles, CA. Read Blog.

DOVE: Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Women and Children – provides culturally appropriate and fully accessible services for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard-of-Hearing victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, Denver, CO.


Global Organization of Feminists with Disabilities working together, worldwide, toward the ...social and economic empowerment of women and girls with disabilities, regardless of borders, Arlington, VA.


Living Well Disability Services delivers exceptional services that transform the lives of people impacted by intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. Founded as Dakota's Children in 1972 by parents, volunteers and community partners, the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization today provides person-centered services to people living in the region, Eagan, MN.

Promising Practices in Serving Crime Victims with Disabilities, Office for Victims of Crime, Washington, DC.


Rural Institute ~ Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research and Service, The University of Montana – since 1979, the Rural Institute has sought to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities, especially those individuals living in Montana and other rural areas across the country. Our objective is to increase the independence, productivity, community integration, and inclusion of those with disabilities through education, research and demonstration services. As part of the national network of University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs), we share a vision that foresees a nation in which all Americans with disabilities, participate fully in their communities, Missoula, MT.

SafePlace, Austin, TX

Deaf Services – the Deaf Services staff are culturally Deaf and fluent in ASL. Deaf, hard-of-hearing or Deaf-Blind victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or rape can get free and confidential services.

Disability Services ASAP: A Safety Awareness Program – provides training and education to help increase awareness about and prevent sexual and domestic violence and abuse. Through custom designed presentations and trainings for disability service providers, domestic and sexual violence staff and criminal justice personnel, the program offers technical assistance and consultation to individuals and organizations seeking guidance to reduce the risks of abuse against individuals with disabilities or to enhance accessibility to persons with disabilities.


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