DIAA was established in 1999 as Iowa Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services

(IDWAS) by four local women to provide support, information, and peer counseling services to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind women throughout Iowa. After attending a national training funded by the Department of Justice and presented by the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS) in Seattle, WA, the four women implemented IDWAS. After 2004, the organization changed its name to Deaf Iowans Against Abuse (DIAA) to indicate its mission and cause toward full inclusion and support for all.

Mission Statement

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.


DIAA Services

For more information on DIAA's services, click here or download our brochure.

Become a Board Member

If you would like to serve as a DIAA board member, please fill out the Board Member Application.

Current DIAA Board of Directors

  • Jerry Vander Sanden, Chair, Linn County Attorney
  • Cristy Hamblin, Vice Chair, Cedar Rapids Police Department
  • Secretary: Open
  • Treasurer: Open
  • Curtis Hopper, Board Member, Cedar Rapids Assistant Fire Chief
  • Jeff Reese, Board Member, Sign Language Interpreter
  • Chris Adcock, Board Member, Victim Witness Coordinator

Meet DIAA Team


Executive Director

Jennifer: Executive Director Email: director@diaaiowa.org VP: 319.531.7717

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Legal / Victim Service Advocate

Telina: Legal / Victim Service Advocate Email: legal@diaaiowa.org VP: 319.242.3308

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Office Assistant

Laura: Office Assistant Email: assistant@diaaiowa.org VP: 319.382.3078

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Volunteer / Community Outreach Coordinator

Jeremy: Volunteer / Community Outreach Coordinator Email: outreach@diaaiowa.org VP: 319.209.4153

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Housing & Shelter Victim Service Advocate

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