Deaf and Hard of Hearing Outreach Services

Supporting Survivors

ICADV staff provide direct domestic violence advocacy services to survivors who are Deaf and hard of hearing in Indiana. Our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Outreach Coordinator coordinates resources and critical community connections for survivors. Our coordinator is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). ICADV works to connect survivors to a network of legal assistance and help move from surviving to thriving.

Safe School Initiative

This collaborative project brings together the Indiana School of the Deaf, ICADV staff, and other partners to examine, evaluate, and explore strategies that will strengthen the school’s Safe School Initiative. The goal is reduce and prevent bullying and other forms of violence throughout the campus by providing the school with valuable tools and resources, technical assistance, and policy development. The overall outcome is to use concrete and actionable steps to shift the paradigm and school culture towards a more compassionate and respectful school-wide environment for everyone.

Contact Information

Video Phone : 1-317-644-6206
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Outreach Coordinator
Holly Elkins
helkins@icadvinc.org

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Program Accessibility

Across their lifespan, people with disabilities experience a higher incidence of domestic violence than their non-disabled peers. Deaf and hard of hearing survivors face additional communication barriers. In order to address these disparities and service gaps, ICADV provides collaborative support to program members in assessing their capacity to serve those survivors. Evaluative consultations, accessibility review process, report findings, and the development of disability-specific resources are some of the services provided to member programs.

Technical Assistance

Our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Outreach Coordinator provides technical assistance, consultations, and resources for member programs throughout Indiana on a variety of disability-related topics. This includes: American with Disabilities Act (ADA), fair housing regulations, domestic support animals, resources for legal compliance officers, and more.

Training

Tailored trainings are offered to our member programs, regional conferences, and the general public on how to effectively work with survivors who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Regional training and conference content covers a broad spectrum of topics such as an agency’s legal obligation to provide communication access, unique dynamics in the Deaf and hard of hearing communities, communication protocols, and more. Periodical trainings are offered to professional ASL interpreters on trauma-informed interpretation process. To schedule a training, contact ICADV.

Educational Videos in ASL

ICADV, in partnership with DeafALIVE, produces educational videos in ASL with English subtitles on a variety of topics related to domestic violence and sexual violence. These videos were made with the deliberate intention to be easily accessible and viewable for Deaf and hard of hearing people. The videos can be viewed on ICADV’s and DeafALIVE’s websites and social media.

Where To Find Help

Characteristics of a Partner Who is Abusive

ICADV Services for Deaf/HH Survivors

What is a Protective Order?

Are You in an Abusive Relationship?

Together, we can end domestic violence.

We believe that violence is preventable. When we come together, we create real change in the lives of individuals and in our communities. Join us in the movement to make Indiana a state that is safe, inclusive, and equitable for everyone.

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