We are able to provide services to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind community in a way that other agencies are not because they can communicate with us directly, without needing an interpreter. There’s no barrier for us in getting them the support they need.
– Jennifer Upah-Kyes ,Executive Director
Deaf Iowans Against Abuse is a state-wide organization based in Linn County. They provide immediate crisis advocacy and support to Deaf, Deaf-Blind or Hard of Hearing persons, including individuals with a hearing loss who are victims or survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence, stalking, bullying, suicide or substance abuse. The organization received a Program Fund grant to support their local efforts to prevent suicide and substance abuse in the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind community. These efforts include the Crisis Hotline Video Phone, which ensures an advocate is available 24/7, as well as two separate support groups.