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Day One Receives Office on Violence Against Women Grant to Collaborate with Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD)

The purpose of the Disability Grant Program is to create sustainable change within and between organizations. The result: accessible, safe, and effective services for individuals with disabilities and Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, as well as accountability for perpetrators of such crimes. Award recipients will follow a structured process designed to enhance collaboration, build capacity, identify needs and develop a plan and solutions to address the stated needs.

Partners: Day One and Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD)

Day One and CSD will be implementing A.D.DV.O.C.A+E, an initiative to ensure Access for Deaf persons experiencing Domestic Violence through Outreach, Collaboration, Allies, and Education in Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties. Models, protocols, and practices will be developed by a multidisciplinary team comprised of staff experts from a Deaf culturally-specific agency and a mainstream hearing agency. These will enhance our capacity to better serve the communities while creating the opportunity to assist and support other mainstream agencies in these same efforts. We will use an inclusive framework that examines how the intersections of lived experiences of multi-forms of interpersonal violence and oppression create gaps and barriers in service delivery. The foundation and framework will lead to sustainable change by creating a network of services providers that are prepared and accessible to communities that are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing.

For more information about Day One and CSD’s past joint efforts, read about them on Day One’s Initiatives page.

About the Project Coordinator

Becky graduated from St. Catherine University with a BA in Sign Language Interpreting. Upon graduation, she worked as an interpreter in education and became a nationally certified interpreter through RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf). She completed deaf-specific 40-hour training to become a DV advocate and volunteered as a DV advocate, then later worked on staff at CSD. During her time at CSD, she maintained a caseload, trained local law enforcement departments on deafness and accessibility, and continued collaboration with Day One regarding improving access around sign language interpreters. She is looking forward to getting this project rolling!


Thank You to Banfield Charitable Trust

Did you know that 65% of pet-owning women in domestic violence shelters reported that they delayed leaving their own homes, and risked their own safety, because of concern for their pet?

We would like to thank Banfield Charitable Trust for their recent grant of $5,000 to go towards supporting our pet safe housing program!