About Us

Deaf Iowans Against Abuse

Meet The Team

Executive Director

Jennifer Upah-Kyes

Office Manager

Laura Lord

Advocacy Coordinator

Telina Quintana

Meet The Team

Executive Director

Jennifer Upah-Kyes

director@diaaiowa.org

Office Manager

Outreach Coordinator

Emily Fawcett

outreach@diaaiowa.org

Victim Service Advocate

Full-Time

Open Position

Victim Service Advocate

Full-Time

Open Position

Our History

Where we came from. Where we are. Where we're going.

DIAA was originally established in 1999 as Iowa Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (IDWAS) by four local women, primarily to provide support, information and peer counseling services to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind women throughout Iowa. In 2004, the name was changed to Deaf Women of Iowa Against Abuse (DWIAA) and then later to just Deaf Iowans Against Abuse (DIAA), to make it more inclusive and encompassing of those who support the cause and mission.


This group was only one of the fifteen from across the country that was chosen to attend a national training, funded by the Department of Justice and presented by the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS) in Seattle, WA. ADWAS is internationally recognized as being the pioneer agency for providing services to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

One-on-On

Peer Counseling

Advocacy 

Crisis Hotline

Community Education

Prevention

Housing Advocacy and Support

Meet The Board

Chair

Monica Slaughter

Assistant County Attorney  

Linn County Attorney’s Office

Vice Chair

Shirley Hampton

Retired Professor

Scott Community College

Secretary

Holly Elliott

Victim Assistance Specialist

United States Attorney’s Office

Northern District of Iowa

Member

Accepting Applications

Contact Jennifer at director@diaaiowa.org

for more information.

Member

Accepting Applications

Contact Jennifer at director@diaaiowa.org

for more information.

Member

Accepting Applications

Contact Jennifer at director@diaaiowa.org

for more information.

Treasurer

Carrie Wood

Sign Language Interpreter  

Life Interpretation

Member

Bradley Gorter

Police Officer

Sioux City Police Department

Member

Chris Adcock

Victim Witness Coordinator
Linn County Attorneys Office

Contact Deaf Iowans Against Abuse

1652 42nd St. NE Suite D

Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

CRISIS HOTLINE

VP/P - (319) 531-7719

TEXT - (515) 661-4015

EMAIL - help@diaaiowa.org

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