DEAF IOWANS AGAINST ABUSE (DIAA)

Together We Can Do So Much

Together We Can Do So Much

DIAA provides support services to help Deaf victims and their families deal with the trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence, bullying and stalking. All of our services are free and confidential.

Our mission is to cultivate a safe, informed and empowered community for Deaf individuals, those with any type of hearing loss, and their families, by providing culturally competent and fully accessible services, advocacy and education.

Please let us know how we can help you.

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JENNIFER
Executive Director
Jennifer Upah-Kyes has served as the Executive Director of Deaf Iowans Against...
TELINA
Legal / Victim Service Advocate
Telina is certified by the Iowa Coalition of Sexual Assault and the...
LAURA
Office Assistant
JEREMY
Volunteer / Community Outreach Coordinator
MYANNA
MAGGIE
Community Building Since 1999

Our Story

DIAA was originally established in 1999 as Iowa Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (IDWAS) by four local women, primarily to provide support, information and peer counseling services to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind women throughout Iowa. In 2004, the name was changed to Deaf Women of Iowa Against Abuse (DWIAA) and then later to just Deaf Iowans Against Abuse (DIAA), to make it more inclusive and encompassing of those who support the cause and mission.

This group was only one of the fifteen from across the country that was chosen to attend a national training, funded by the Department of Justice and presented by the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS) in Seattle, WA. ADWAS is internationally recognized as being the pioneer agency for providing services to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

How can we help?

Programs

Crisis Hotline
The crisis hotline is available 24/7 hours to provide counseling and support to deaf victims and survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault.
One-on-One Peer Counseling
Advocates provide victims and survivors with non-judgmental emotional support, assistance with safety planning and resources.
Housing Advocacy and Support
Individualized housing assistance and referrals for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault.
Prevention
Prevention starts with awareness. We provide education to community organizations, law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire departments, schools and businesses.
Advocacy
We offer 24/7 advocacy services and support regarding options and rights with legal, medical and social services systems.
Community Education
We provide culturally-competent training for those who serve victims of abuse in how to support victims and survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or and deaf-blind.
90% of deaf individuals are born to hearing parents
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90% of deaf individuals are born to hearing parents
50% of deaf individuals are victims of relationship violence
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50% of deaf individuals are victims of relationship violence
54% of boys who are deaf have been sexually abused
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54% of boys who are deaf have been sexually abused
50% of girls who are deaf have been sexually abused
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50% of girls who are deaf have been sexually abused
What's Happening

Recent Updates

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

A message from our Executive Director… Deaf Iowans Against Abuse Friends and Community, This month kicks off Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This awareness I hold very close to my heart. I was one of them. For many years, my “hearing” counselors could not understand what I was struggling with or why. I struggled with why

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DIAA Seeks Housing and Shelter Victim Service Advocate

We are currently accepting applications for Shelter & Housing Victim Service Advocate. Person(s) with sign language knowledge are encouraged to apply. The Shelter & Housing Victim Service Advocate coordinates case management services to all Deaf, those with any type of hearing loss, and their families who utilize emergency sheltering and housing services in Iowa. The individual

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