SignHealth Domestic Abuse Service

From the initial contact, the team creates a support plan and develops coping strategies until the client feels ready to move on with their life independently. Throughout this process, they ensure their clients are able to navigate statutory services such as immigration, the police and courts, housing, and social services.

Service provision:

Allocation of qualified deaf IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor)
Allocation of a deaf YPVA (Young People’s Violence Advisor)
Working with women’s refuges to provide support to Deaf women
Referral when necessary to SignHealth’s one-to-one psychological therapy in British Sign Language
Survivor workshops for deaf women
Working in partnership with key national and local agencies to develop guidelines for best practice
Guidance on laws, policy and practice to ensure the needs of deaf people at risk of domestic abuse are recognised and fully met

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