National Campvention of the Deaf Amana IowaDeaf Iowans Against Abuse empowers the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind to end domestic violence and sexual assault within the deaf community. DIAA provides prevention education to the community, as well as direct advocacy to individuals and families.



Crisis Hotline
The crisis hotline is available 24/7 hours to provide immediate crisis counseling and support to deaf victims/survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault, their family, and friends in emotional distress. Call if you have an urgent situation, need more information, or would like to speak with an advocate.

One On One Peer Counseling
One on one visits with Advocates who provide victims and survivors with non-judgmental emotional support, validation of feelings, assistance with safety planning, and information about options and resources is available.

Housing Advocacy and Support
DIAA provides one on one help in locating housing for victim/survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. Advocates work with victims to assess and determine safe housing options and provide guidance, support, and referrals to community and landlord resources.

Prevention Education and Community Awareness
DIAA is available to share and educate about issues surrounding Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Teen Dating Violence, Stalking, Bullying and Deaf Culture for a variety of stakeholders to build safer communities. Additional topics such as dating violence, healthy and unhealthy relationship dynamics, and basics of American Sign Language are included for community organizations, law enforcement personnel, emergency medical services (EMS), fire departments, schools, and businesses.

DIAA offers 24 hours advocacy services to provide information and support regarding options and rights with legal, medical, and social services systems. DIAA can provide support during medical exams, police interviews, lawyer appointments, or court appearances and can also help work with agencies related to employment, housing, education, child protection, law enforcement, child care, clergy, and transportation.

First Responders Training
DIAA provides culturally-competent training and support for those who interact with victims of crime to ensure they have full understanding of how to respond and best support victims and survivors who are Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-Blind in Iowa. These trainings are free and available to any agency in Iowa who responds or work with victims and survivors.




Presentation about Diversity in Deaf Culture at Rockwell Collins. Law Enforcement training on Deaf Culture.
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Jennifer Ackerman
Winnebago County Communications Supervisor

The Deaf Iowans Against Abuse training for law enforcement was well worth our time. We had officers, dispatchers and crisis intervention personnel attend and all had positive things to say about what they learned. Because we have such little interaction with deaf and hard of hearing people, it is vital we know what to expect when we do need to communicate with them. Just a few things we learned was how to recognize a person is deaf, how to get their attention, who to use as an interpreter, and how to find out their preferred method of communication (yes there is more than one way, I learned that too)! I highly recommend this training to all law enforcement personnel.

Sgt. M. Snyder
Nevada, Iowa Police Department

I wanted to thank you, Telina, and everyone else who came to put on our training. The training was excellent, your staff was very knowledgeable, and as a supervisor, I especially enjoyed getting information on resources should the need arise. The officers also thought the training was very beneficial. I loved the “Let’s Sign!” basic sign card! I will be carrying it with me.