Statewide Victim Advocate
Deaf Unity was formed in 2005 by Deaf Community professionals, grassroots leaders, and supporters from the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Disability Rights Wisconsin, the then-Department of Health and Family Services, and the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. It was recognized that there was a truly significant need for American Sign Language (ASL) based services for Deaf victims experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Before Deaf Unity was formed, Deaf victims faced numerous barriers in getting services from mainstream domestic violence and sexual assault programs, because they did not have advocates who knew ASL and could communicate with Deaf victims or did not know how or where to get qualified interpreters for services.
ALL DEAF PEOPLE ~ ADULTS AND CHILDREN ~ HAVE THE RIGHT TO A HEALTHY AND VIOLENCE-FREE LIFE.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
- Provide core advocacy services to clients needing domestic violence/sexual assault services; support victim in all phases of service continuum; advocate for and accompany client to community programs and services.
- Provide information on victimization, crime prevention, victims’ legal rights and protections and the criminal justice process.
- Provide emotional support, safety planning, referrals, and resources to victims.
- Participate in outreach efforts in the Deaf community.
- Provide technical assistance to mainstream DV/SA agencies (how to obtain interpreters, how to contact Deaf Unity, etc.).
- Assist Executive Director with monthly collection of data and statistical reports.
- Covers hotline duties as assigned.
- Participates in other projects assigned by Executive Director.