Deaf 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.
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.
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.
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.
Prevention, Education, and 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. Presentations and education available to community organizations, law enforcement personnel, emergency medical services (EMS), fire departments, schools, and businesses.
DIAA offers 24-hour advocacy services to provide information and support regarding options and rights with:
Legal matters and court appearances
Medical exams and appointments
Police and lawyer interviews
Social services systems
DIAA can also help work with agencies related to employment, housing, education, child protection, law enforcement, child care, clergy, and transportation.
Community Education and 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.
For more training information contact Jennifer Upah-Kyes