SLCAD advocates receive intensive training (40+ hours) on working with clients in a culturally sensitive and safe manner. All advocates are fluent in American Sign Language.
Advocates also provide support and comfort to victims as well as empowering victims to become thrivors.
Advocacy Services Available to you:
Medical: SLCAD advocates will assist victims/survivors needing medical attention for injuries from abuse. Advocates may accompany clients to the doctor’s office, hospitals and other clinics.
Legal: SLCAD advocates will assist with filing police reports. protective orders, dating violence protective orders, stalking injunctions and provide accompaniment to court.
Shelter: SLCAD advocates will help find safe and accessible shelters.
Counseling/Case Management: Free counseling services are available to past or current victims/survivors of abuse. Case managers are available to help victims/survivors secure housing, food stamps, budgeting skills, health insurance and career development.
Support Group/Survivor Sponsorship: victims/survivors can obtain peer support from other victims who share the common experience of abuse through monthly support groups. We also provide Survivor Sponsors for those who do not wish to participate in support group. This program will provide a “big sister/brother” to provide victim/survivor individual attention and support. Click here for more information on fall and spring support groups available.
ADA Kit Loaners: Kits are available for domestic violence shelters serving victims/survivors who are Deaf/HH or Deaf-Blind. These kits include the following: TTY, vibrating alarm clock, baby cry alert, doorbell and door knocking alert, and a smoke alarm alert. This kit is intended to assist shelters to be ADA compliant.
Training: Free in-service trainings are available for service providers such as: law enforcement agencies, legal services agencies, shelter staff, and sign language interpreters. Training topics may include: Deaf Culture, Abuse in the Deaf Community, ADA accessibility and compliance, mini sign language lessons, best practices/protocol development and resources.
Community Education: workshops are available to the Deaf Community on various topics such as: healthy relationships, dynamics of abuse, recognizing signs of abuse, financial fitness, self-defense, self-esteem and teen discussion forums.
Information/Referral: SLCAD offers referrals and information to assist agencies needing to be guided to appropriate services such as ADA compliant shelters, medical, legal, counseling, case management, social services and interpreting agencies.
*SLCAD is not an interpreting agency, however, assistance with connecting to referrals to the appropriate interpreter agency will be available.