An Evaluation of Barrier Free Living’s Deaf Services Program

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An Evaluation of Barrier Free Living’s Deaf Services Program

Abstract

More than 11 million people in the United States are Deaf, deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, or Deaf-Blind. Research indicates deaf people report experiencing victimization at higher rates, but a lack of accessible resources and trauma-informed services for American Sign Language speakers makes it difficult for deaf people to report crimes and access support. In response to these issues, the District Attorney of New York County provided funding to support Barrier Free Living’s Deaf Services (DS) program, with the goal of increasing access to direct services for domestic violence survivors who are deaf and increasing local stakeholders’ awareness of deaf survivors’ needs. In 2019, DANY funded the Urban Institute to conduct, in collaboration with Gallaudet University, a process evaluation of BFL’s DS program. In this brief, we present interim findings on services, communication, and the perspectives of multiple local stakeholders.

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