For deaf or hard of hearing women experiencing domestic abuse, it can be even more difficult to seek support or to leave an abusive relationship. At Women’s Aid, we are committed to seeking solutions to overcome additional barriers to a deaf woman's escape. Last year, Women’s Aid launched Irish Sign Language videos; these are an important step in ensuring that deaf or hard of hearing women have the same access to support as all women in situations of intimate partner violence.
Women’s Aid also have a text service, and a face to face support service for deaf and hard of hearing women experiencing domestic violence. All texts are treated in the strictest confidence and we will support you face to face by using an interpreter. The interpreter can be someone you feel comfortable with or Women's Aid can arrange an accredited professional interpreter.
Women’s Aid, in conjunction with the Irish Deaf Women’s Group, recently launched a series of Irish Sign Language (ISL) videos which feature all of the information that is available on our website and link to a text service for deaf or hard of hearing women.
In addition, we have launched wallet sized cards and a poster (download here) promoting our text Service for Deaf or hard of hearing women.
Women’s Aid Text Line for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Women: 087-9597980
For more information, see the ISL section of our website.
The project was funded under the Disability stream of the Cosc grant scheme which is run by Cosc, in conjunction with the Disability Policy Division in the Department of Justice and Equality, to provide funding for national projects that will develop and deliver appropriate and targeted communication to raise awareness and increase recognition of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence among people with disabilities.