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Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 97–106 | Cite as

A community based model providing services for deaf and deaf-blind victims of sexual assault and domestic violence

  • Lewis Merkin
  • Marilyn J. Smith
Article

Abstract

Deaf and Deaf-Blind women and children are at risk of being long term victims of sexual assault and domestic violence without culturally and linguistically relevant services. While Deaf and Deaf-Blind victim issues do not differ significantly from the mainstream population, relevant and accessible services have not traditionally been available to the Deaf and Deaf-Blind communities. This article proposes a strategy for providing such services based on a model developed by the only Deaf-run agency in the United States.

Key Words

deaf empowerment sexual assault domestic violence advocacy 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lewis Merkin
    • 1
  • Marilyn J. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy ServicesSeattle

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