Prevention Education

Healthy Relationships. Communication. Respect.

Suicide Prevention and Support

Deaf Iowans Against Abuse Friends and Community,

This month kicks off Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This awareness I hold very close to my heart.

I was one of them.

Substance Abuse


  • Increased aggression or irritability

  • Changes in attitude/personality

  • Lethargy

  • Depression

  • Sudden changes in a social network

  • Dramatic changes in habits and/or priorities

  • Financial problems

  • Involvement in criminal activity


  • Decreased involvement in extracurricular activities

  • Loss of interest in work or school

  • Depression

  • Lack of interest in family or friends

  • Preoccupation with drinking

  • Restlessness

  • Inability to control drinking

  • Erratic or violent behavior

Domestic Violence

Emotional Abuse

Undermining an individual’s sense of self-worth and or self-esteem is abusive. Constant criticism, diminishing one’s abilities, name-calling, or damaging one’s relationship with his or her children.

Psychological Abuse

Causing fear by intimidation; threatening physical harm to self, partner, children, or partner’s family or friends; destruction of pets and property; and forcing isolation from family, friends or school and or work.

Economic Abuse

Making an individual financially dependent by maintaining total control over financial resources, withholding her or his access to money, forbidding him or her from attend school or going to work.

Physical Abuse

Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling, etc are types of physical abuse. Denying a partner medical care or forcing alcohol and or drug use upon him or her.

Sexual Assault

Sexual abuse is the forcing of undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another.

  • Unwanted kissing or touching

  • Rape or attempted rape

  • Threatening or pressuring someone into unwanted sexual activity

  • Sexual contact with someone who is very drunk, drugged, unconscious or otherwise unable to give a clear and informed consent as of “yes” or “no”

  • Unwanted rough or violent sexual activity

Teen Dating Violence

  • Hit, slap, push, or kick you

  • Force you to do something sexual

  • Humiliate you on Facebook or in front of your friends

  • Keep you from getting a job or gets you fired

  • Cause you to feel depressed, unloved or not smart

  • Control where you go, what you wear, or what you do.

  • Stop you from seeing or talking to family or friends

  • Call you names, put you down, or criticize you

  • Threaten or scare you


Bullying occurs when a child or teen experiences unwanted or aggressive behavior which involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Bullying includes an action which can be making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, or purposely excluding someone from a group.

Verbal abuse (name-calling, epithets, and slurs)

  • Electronic or written statements

  • Social media harassment

  • Physical assault

  • Physically threats

  • Harmful or humiliating words


Stalking is a behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.

Stalking Victims...

  • Are commonly stalked by phones, computers, GPS, and cameras

  • Behaviors that may seem benign to you or me can be terrorizing to a stalking victim.

  • Are impacted emotionally, physically, and economically

  • Are usually women, however, men can be affected too

  • Often dismiss stalking behavior thinking it is a joke or a romantic act

  • Most often do not report to authorities 

  • Often know their stalker

Contact Deaf Iowans Against Abuse

1652 42nd St. NE Suite D

Cedar Rapids, IA 52405


VP/P - (319) 531-7719

TEXT - (515) 661-4015


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