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Sign language videos target deaf women at risk of domestic violence

Women’s Aid said it can be more difficult for deaf women to seek support.

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VIDEOS TARGETING DEAF women who are experiencing or are at risk of domestic violence have been launched by Women’s Aid.

The sign language videos feature all of the information that is available on the Women’s Aid website and link to a text service for deaf or hard of hearing women.

The videos feature information on where to get help, the warning signs of an abusive relationship, what supports are out there and advice on going to court. 

Sign language 

Here is the sign language video on the warning signs women should look out for.

Source: Women's Aid Ireland/Vimeo

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The videos are also available on the IrishDeaf.com website and on DeafHear.ie.

Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid, said for deaf women experiencing domestic violence, it can be even more difficult to seek support or to leave an abusive relationship.


At Women’s Aid, we are committed to seeking solutions to overcome additional barriers to a deaf woman’s escape. The ISL videos are an important step in insuring that deaf women have the same access to support as all women in situations of intimate partner violence.

She said that it is important that the deaf community are made aware of the Women’s Aid text service, as well as the face to face support service that is available for deaf women experiencing domestic violence.

Women’s Aid say they can you an interpreter for face to face support. The interpreter can be someone you feel comfortable with or Women’s Aid can arrange an interpreter through the Irish Deaf Society.

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