News & Events

ALC – DVSV is a Social Issue, does our language reflect that?


[image description: powerpoint slide that says “What is the role of support/education groups? Identify words or phrases that frame violence against women as an individual/psychological issue (blue poms) Identify words or phrases that frame violence against women as a social problem (purple poms).”  On a table in front of the projected slide is a large clear glass vase filled with big soft pom-pom balls.  There are mostly blue ones, a few purple.]

ALC – Learning from our history


[image description: large white poster paper is taped along a conference room wall.  The first paper is titled 2015 and has yellow post-it notes with handwritten messages: NFL response to VAW, Campus organizing The Hunting Ground, Transgender bathroom use laws, anti-bullying programs.  The next papers are titled 2010s, 2000, 1900s, they are covered in text and images (not legible) describing the history of the domestic/sexual violence movement.]

ALC – Understanding our Movement


[image description: black and white photo of four African American women standing in a doorway, smiling. They are wearing 1960’s style dresses.  White card below the photo shows black text: ROSIE HEAD and ELESE GALLION (the two women on the right, standing in the center door after the April 1969 Freedom Democratic Party Countywide Meeting) were among the first five Milestone young adults to staff the Community Center.  Both were in their twenties when the Movement and outside workers sparked them.  Bothe were living with their parents (Rosie also with her children) when the Greenwood meetings started.  Elese attended the 1963 meetings, worked with the ’64 outside volunteers, then trained to run the center in 1965. Work at the Community Center included running programs for children, coordinating health, clothing and welfare programs, responding to harassment, legal and emergency issues and voter registration.]

DeafHope EDs at Advocacy Learning Center

Good morning from Minnesota! DeafHope is at the third training event for the Advocacy Learning Center.  This week we are focused on community advocacy.  Stay tuned for more!


[image description: black text on cream paper “Without community, there is no liberation.” Audre Lorde (1934-1992) Audre Lorde was a Caribbean-American writer, poet, librarian and activist]

DeafHope & Advocacy Learning Center

We are thrilled to have been chosen for an 18 month immersion program to elevate DVSV advocacy services. Through the Advocacy Learning Center, we are working with DVSV agencies from around the country to talk about our work to end violence against women. Our Empowerment Directors are in Minnesota for a few days, our third in person meeting – stay tuned for more updates!


[image description: training poster showing a painting by Mali Kouanchao of three women of color raising their hands up together toward a swirling backdrop of blue sky, red mountains and green landscapes. The conference title is shown: The Advocacy Learning Center, a force for change. Welcome. Praxis International, Office on Violence Against Women, Manavi]

#TBT Deaf Mothers – Happy Mother’s Day!

In 2001, Michael Peterson took a series of beautiful black and white photographs of Deaf mothers to raise money and awareness in support of DeafHope services to end domestic and sexual violence.  These photographs are hung in our office and we want to share them with you today.  We honor of Deaf mothers everywhere, thank you for your endless love and care in our communities!

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Excited for more advocates to be trained in Oregon!


[flyer description: white background with purple accents, three images (purple ribbon domestic violence awareness logo, logo of white house outline with white silhouette of three people inside house, and black silhouette of father, two children and mother holding hands against purple background).  Black text of flyer: ODEAF (Oregon Deaf Empowerment Advocacy for Families proudly presents…Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy Training.  When: June 24-26 2016 Friday 4:00-8:00pm Saturday 8:00am-4:00pm Sunday 8:00am-4:00pm Where: Central Oregon Comm. College Campus Center – Willie Hall 2600 NW College Way Bend, OR 97702  Admission is $25 (40 seating limit) Presenter – Keri Darling Director/Trainer Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services (DVAS) in Vermont Training Topics – Domestic and Sexual Violence, Technology, Elder Abuse, LGBTQ, Specific issues within Deaf community, Advocate Role, “In her Shoes” simulation Please RSVP by June 1, 2016 You MUST register online Click here to register online OR send check or money order: ODEAF PO Box 498 Cottage Grove, OR 97424 NO INTERPRETER PROVIDED Questions or nearby hotel information: mailto:]

Causes of Sexual Assault


[image description: graph representing the causes of sexual assault.  The graph is one large purple circle.  The graph key to the right colored squares show what different colors on the graph represent. Red: revealing clothing Green: alcohol Blue: walking home alone Orange: flirting Yellow: being in the wrong place Purple: rapists.]

DeafHope Board and EDs 2016 Retreat

retreat 2016

[image description: collage of five photos. Top left: DeafHope team sitting around a large dining room table, green trees visible outside a long bank of windows, warm round light hanging down at the middle, papers and cups are strewn around the table.  Top right: dark wood paneled room, standing white screen with projected image of DeafHope logo and text DeafHope Retreat, Amber and Tara are standing to either side of the screen, Tara signing “our”. Bottom left: close up photo of someone holding the new DeafHope restraining order brochure, a white small card with three purple line drawings (someone on FaceTime, three people standing and arrows between them, an angry person texting on a phone) and purple text. Bottom right: wooden panel with carving of a leafy tree, words Sunol TreeHouse est. 1931, reddish lighting glowing behind the panel.  Middle image: DeafHope team standing outside on a deck with sunlight glowing and green leafy trees behind them (right to left) Brian Berlinski white male wearing an eggplant colored long sleeved top and dark pants, Sherrie Donaville-Sims African American woman wearing a bright orange shawl and flowered pants, Aracelia Aguilar Latina woman wearing a black top, Rochelle Greenwell Latina woman wearing a grey sweater, Tara Holcomb white woman wearing a black cardigan, Mary Klein white woman wearing a blue zip up jacket over a grey top, Julie Rems-Smario white woman with a large grey blanket wrapped around her.  Sitting in front is Amber Hodson white woman wearing a grey top and Jane Whitney white woman wearing a blue hoodie.]

Upcoming Events

October 2016

  • Deaf Access for Survivors webinar: Oct. 5 10a
  • DVSV Training Must attend all three days: Oct 14, 15 & 16 9-5p