Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (adwas) empowers Deaf and DeafBlind survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment to transform their lives, while striving to change the beliefs and behaviors that foster and perpetuate violence. We provide comprehensive services to individuals and families, community education, and advocacy on systems and policy issues.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline partners with Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services to provide a Hotline staffed by Deaf Advocates who communicate in American Sign Language and answer calls from 9am-5pm PST, Monday through Friday. But what about calls that occur after 5pm and on weekends when the Deaf advocates are not available to receive calls due to lack of funding?
Instead, calls are routed to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, where hearing advocates answer using interpreters after hours. We need fully trained Deaf advocates that can answer using American Sign Language any time they are needed.
Who do we want to answer the call? Help expand their program so Deaf Advocates are able to answer the call, 24/7. To donate visit here: https://whowillanswer.org/