This week’s video was submitted by Deaf Iowans Against Abuse (DIAA)


April Board meeting cancelled

Due to the illness of several board members, this month’s meeting is cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.


“Have a Heart” this week’s video release from the DeafHope Lavender Film Festival 2014


Join DeafHope, DCARA and DCCS for self-advocacy workshops


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From the DeafHope Board and Staff

Marden and his mother have requested that DeafHope remove his Lavender Film Festival Award Winning Video entitled “Believe Me”. DeafHope honors survivors speaking their truth. We continue to be an agency that practices the survivor-centered model. DeafHope posts videos only with survivor permission, and will remove them ONLY at the survivor’s request. It is so sad that Marden’s plea to be believed was met with hostility and anger, instead of with compassion and support.

DeafHope has supported survivors in the past when it wasn’t popular, we stood strong when there was an outcry. We will continue to do so. We talk about community accountability, about believing the survivor – this is an opportunity for each of us to personally examine what kind of culture is being promoted through our beliefs and actions.

Although it was only shown for a short time, Marden’s video has made a difference in our community. Despite a few hurtful voices, there are many silent ones who have been changed by his courage. We are proud and honored that Marden shared his story with us.


This week’s Lavender Film Festival release

Deaf female director, Jules Dameron submitted this powerful short film to DeafHope’s Lavender Film Festival last month.


Lavender Film Festival

We are honored to release this video by Katie Hanna:


Lavender Film Festival Third release

Sharing another fabulous video from our Glimmer of Hope Lavender Film Festival. This is from our youth category, thank you Rachel Soudakoff!


Lavender Film Festival Second Release

We are proud to publicly release another amazing video created for DeafHope’s Lavender Film Festival. Thank you to Bellamie Bachleda for sharing your story.


Lavender Film Festival First Release

One of the PSAs created by survivors of DV/SV was shown at the Lavender Film Festival. Veronica has touched many lives with her story. Thank you for sharing.