DeafHope wants to thank this amazing group who took our latest 40-hour domestic violence training. Everyone involved shared their knowledge and experience on various topics related to oppression, domestic violence, and sexual violence. We left ready to support survivors in our communities!
[Image: A large group who took DeafHope’s domestic violence training together are huddled together for the picture. Everyone is smiling. 9 people are kneeling in front with 11 people standing in back. Rows of florescent lighting is on the ceiling/ Pink chairs covered with blankets and purses are behind the group. A partially covered wooden stand with a projector is on the left.]
DeafHope and DCARA
First Joint Community Accountablity Forum!
Rochelle Greenwell and Aracelia Aguilar
Rochelle Greenwell and Aracelia Aguilar will share
about their journey with community accountability through social media from a survivor’s perspective.
This will be followed by an open forum and discussion
about how we as a community can increase community accountability.
When: Friday, November 8, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Deaf Community Center
1550 San Leandro Blvd
San Leandro, CA 94577
Requests for Voice/ASL/Spanish/ DeafBlind interpreters or other accommodations,
please contact Vanessa Phillip at 510 343 662 or firstname.lastname@example.org by November 4, 2013
Two people appear sitting down. Jim Brune is on the left, a white male wearing a pink collared shirt and a brown vest. Tara Holcomb is on the right, wearing a purple blouse and a black cardigan. DCARA and DeafHope’s logos are in the background.
Tara: “Hello! I’m Tara Holcomb, Empowerment Director at DeafHope.”
Jim: “Hello! I’m Jim Brune, Executive Director at DCARA.”
Tara: “We’re thrilled to announce that DeafHope and DCARA has formed a partnership. The purpose of this? To provide stronger services to Deaf survivors in the Bay Area.”
Jim: “Also, another purpose for this: We are working together as partners to create a safer Deaf community.”
Tara: “As part of our partnership agreement, we developed a Memorandum of Understanding “MOU” which explains what roles DCARA and DeafHope will do. There are three parts. The first part is the kind of services we will provide to Deaf survivors. We at DeafHope will continue to provide crisis-related services such as If something just happened related to domestic violence or sexual violence. If you need a court advocate, hospital advocate, or if you need immediate services, counseling, support or references, DeafHope will be able to provide all that support to survivors.”
Jim: “As for DCARA, once survivors come out of crisis mode and need follow-up services such as long-term housing, need help looking for a job, need court support with child custody, they can come to DCARA.”
Tara: “We will continue to work together. Now, as for the second part of the MOU, DeafHope will provide DCARA staff with continuous training. We’ve already provided a brief presentation to DCARA’s full staff meeting. Second, we’ve provided an all-day training on domestic violence and sexual violence in the Deaf community to DCARA’s full staff. Third, we will offer DCARA staff the full 40-hour domestic violence training for interested staff to become certified by the state of California to work with survivors.”
Jim: “I’m thrilled because we’ve been providing services, but now we can take advantage of DeafHope’s expertise so DCARA staff can be prepared to work with survivors with better understanding of domestic violence and sexual violence.”
Tara: “The third part of the MOU involves the community. DeafHope and DCARA are excited to provide joint community accountability forums where the community can come together to discuss issues around domestic violence, sexual violence, and abuse in the Deaf community.”
Jim: “I’m thrilled to announce the first two dates. Friday November 8th from 6pm to 9pm at the Deaf Community Center with the topic of “Social Media.” As you know it’s a hot topic today with social media and issues around domestic violence, sexual violence. That Friday Nov 8th, there will be two featured guest speakers, Aracelia Aguilar and Rochelle Greenwell. They will give a presentation then there will be an open discussion. That’s really exciting. The second forum will happen on Friday Feb 7th. We haven’t decided a topic yet, but we will be sure to announce it.”
Tara: “If you have any questions, need information, or need help, feel free to contact any of us anytime. If you want to contact DeafHope, you can do so at email@example.com. One of the staff will respond.”
Jim: “If you need to contact DCARA, you can either contact us by e-mail or videophone. For e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For VP: 510:343:6670. I’m really excited to work with DeafHope. And we look forward to serving the community!”
Tara: “Me too! I’m looking forward to better serving Deaf survivors and the community.”
Since 1996, nearly 200 individuals have been murdered and many more have died, through perpetrators committing suicide or being killed by another, due to domestic violence in Alameda County.
Our Empowerment Director, Jane Whitney read names at Alameda County’s Day of Remembrance to honor victims of domestic violence.
[Image: Outdoors in a city plaza. Trees, buildings and a abstract sculpture in the background. Two women are standing behind a podium with "Alameda County District Attorney Office" on the front with an image of a scale representing justice. A bunch of purple flowers are next to the podium. Jane Whitney is standing behind the podium, dressed in black with a blue necklace, signing "6." An interpreter is next to her, dressed in a black shirt and gray pants, her face covered by a microphone.]
“Hello! I’m excited to share that I’m still with DeafHope as the Board Chair. I feel honored the board selected me to participate in this new capacity. I look forward to working with the community, staff, board, and survivors in unity to end domestic violence and sexual violence against Deaf women and their children and the community-at-large. Thank you for your trust in me.”
DeafHope has decided to postpone our annual Golf Charity event to allow more time for planning. The event will no longer be taking place on October 13th, 2013 and it will be rescheduled in the Spring of 2014. As always, we appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at our next Glimmer of Hope on February 22, 2014.
More information about our Golf Charity and Glimmer of Hope events will be posted as it becomes available. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you have comments or questions. Thank you!
Join us at our annual Tea Party as we welcome Cathy Hoog as the Barbie Dike Trailblazer! We honor her years of work as an advocate and an educator – making Deaf survivor-centered services a reality. Tickets are selling fast, so confirm your spot now.