​Deaf victims’ experiences with intimate partner violence: the need for integration and innovation

Author(s) Mastrocinque, Jeanna M., Denise Thew, Catherine Cerulli, Christina Raimondi, Robert Q Pollard Jr, and Nancy P. Chin
Title Deaf victims' experiences with intimate partner violence: the need for integration and innovation
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Online before print 13 Sep 2015; p1-25
Date 2015
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary The aim of this study was to explore the types of abuse experienced by deaf victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), their help-seeking behaviours and the availability and helpfulness of resources. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews with 14 participants and a social-ecological approach formed the framework for the analysis of deaf victims' experiences with IPV. All the victims in the study reported injuries from being abused and ten participants experienced sexual abuse and ten reported financial abuse. Communication abuse was nearly as common as physical abuse, with 13 victims reporting this abuse. Communication abuse included controlling who the victim could communicate with, confiscating the victim's communication device, and controlling conversations with a third party. Victims were asked about their relationship with the perpetrator, the difficulties accessing appropriate services and the role of the Deaf Community. Recommendations are made for improving the education of Deaf Community service providers on assessing their clients' safety and available resources for IPV victims.
Keywords Domestic violence; deaf victims; IPV; barriers; support; disability  
Topic Disability; Domestic violence