Family Violence

Health Promotion Disease Prevention

Instructor: Gregory M. Chase, MS Emergency Medicine, MSHED, PA-C, RN

Deaf & Blind, handicap, Community Health Introductory Program: Principles of Instructional Design

Author: Gregory M. Chase, MS, MSHED, PA-C, RN.
Dr. David Sellen, PhD precepting

Prevent Family Violence through education and prevention




Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is abused by an intimate partner- spouse, boyfriend, friend. On the average, more than five women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every day.

For support and more information please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or at TTY 1-800-787-3224.


Abuse in America

In the year 2001, more than half a million American women (588,490 women) were victims of nonfatal violence committed by an intimate partner.

Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing Outreach.

National Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Statistics

In 2005, there was IPV in about 1 in every 320 U.S. households.3 For 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that:

  • IPV constituted 5% of all violence against males and 22% of all violence against females in the U.S.4
  • The rate of IPV for females age 12 or older was 4.3 per 1,000, a 53% decrease since 1993. Against males, the rate was 0.8 victimizations per 1,000, a 54% decrease since 1993.5
  • 72% of IPV against males and 49% of IPV against females was reported to police.
  • About 99% of IPV against females was committed by male offenders, and about 83% of IPV against males was committed by female offenders.
  •  References

    1 Compiled December, 2011.
    3 Klaus, P. (2007). Crime and the Nation’s Households, 2005. Bureau of Justice Statistics, NCJ 217198,
    4 Truman, J.L. (2011). Criminal Victimization, 2010. (National Crime Victimization Survey). BJS.
    5 Catalano, S., Rand, M., Smith, E., & Snyder, H. (2009). Female Victims of Violence. BJS.
    6 Ibid.


    A Deaf, Deaf-Blind or Hard of Hearing woman trying to leave an abusive relationship faces unique barriers.

    Information travels quickly within a Deaf, Deaf-Blind or Hard of Hearing community, compromising confidentiality and the victim’s safety.

    Police and shelters are often not skilled at communicating with the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing and often don’t have interpreters.



    Four million women are physically abused each year by their partners.

    • 500,000 are Deaf, Deaf-Blind or Hard of Hearing.
    • 31% of American women report being physically or sexually abused at some point in their lifetime.
    • 6,000,000 are Deaf, Deaf-Blind or Hard of Hearing.



    The Hotline strives to educate the public about the need for Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing abuse outreach programs.

    Call the toll-free TTY number, 1-800-787-3224, to find programs and services prepared to help the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing.



    Make efforts to understand
    the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing culture:

    • Invite Deaf advocates to your program.
      Recruit Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing volunteers.
    • Become familiar with Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing resources: local interpreters, churches,cultural groups and school programs.
    • Add TTY phone numbers to printed materials.
    • Teach staff to use TTY and ensure that the line is always answered.
    • Ensure that television public service announcements are close captioned.



    ADWAS—Abused Deaf Women Advocacy Services
    206.726.0093 - TTY Office
    206.236.3134 - TTY Hotline

    Contact ADWAS for the most up-to-date information regarding these resources

    Los Angeles
    LACAAW—Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women
    213.955.9095 - TDD

    DOVE—Advocacy Services for Abused Women
    303.831.7932 - Voice - Office
    303.831.7874 - TTY 24 hr Hotline

    Washington DC
    DAWN—Deaf abused Women’s Network
    866.290.3296 - TTY 24hr Hotline

    DWIAA—Deaf Women of Iowa Against Abuse
    515.244.0875 - TTY
    877.244.0875 - TTY Toll free

    DCAV—Deaf, blind and hard of hearing Community Against Violence

    New York
    ASDV—Advocacy Services for Deaf, blind and hard of hearing Victims
    585.387.0744 - FAX

    DWAVE—Deaf Women Against Violence Everywhere

    ADVAN—Abused Deaf Victims Advocacy Network
    888.883.0770 - TTY
    800.642.3150 - Voice

    DAWCAS—Deaf Abused Women’s and Children’s Advocacy Services
    512.386.6172 - TTY Office
    888.915.8159 - TTY Hotline

    SLCAD—Sego Lily
    Center for the Abused Deaf
    800.897.5465 - Voice
    800.787.3224 - TTY

    DVAS—Deaf Victims
    Advocacy Services
    802.479.1934 - TTY Office
    800.303.3827 - TTY Hotline

    Against Violence
    757.221.0990 - Voice
    804.377.7330 - TTY

    ADWAS—Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services
    206.726.0093 - TTY Office
    206.236.3134 - TTY Hotline

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