Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services Programs
Individual and group therapy is provided to adult and child survivors of any gender.
Advocates offer to victims/survivors: *Information and options *Help developing a safety plan *Help dealing with people and agencies involved in a victims situation such as: lawyers, hospitals/doctors, Child Protective Services, housing systems, and other community and government resources. *Help victims learn about their rights such as the legal right to have interpreters and fair access to all agencies and resources. *Services are provided whether the police are involved or not or whether a victim leaves her abuser or not. ADWAS provides services for as long as they are needed by our clients with no charge. All services are provided in American Sign Language (or written/spoken English if the Deaf or hard of hearing client doesn't know sign language.)
ADWAS provides short-term (up to 2 months) housing for domestic violence victims and long-term (up to 2 years) transitional housing for adult victims of domestic violence and their children. ADWAS' "A Place of Our Own" Transitional Housing Program features 19 individual apartments for very low income families who are homeless and low-income (30% of the poverty standard). On-site services are provided to the adult and child residents such as therapy, positive parenting training, independent living skills training, advocacy, specialized programs for child residents, and case management.
As of October 2012, ADWAS received funding to engage Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing community members in an effort to engage them in the continued movement to end violence against women.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
ADWAS provides all services using an empowerment model where the victims are provided with options and their decisions are supported by their ADWAS Advocate. ADWAS Advocates emphasize personal growth, recovery, self-sufficiency, and provide all services within the context of Deaf culture.
We recognize that supporting operating costs is not as exciting as programs, ADWAS' program funding is relatively stable. We are most in need of operating funding and funding to expand programs.