Study of college students finds high rates of intimate partner violence among Deaf communities


The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York released a study that indicates a high rate of intimate partner violence/domestic violence among Deaf students.  As Laverne McQuiller Williams, associate professor of criminal justice and co-principal investigator of the study notes:

“We surveyed several thousand students on the RIT campus, which includes the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, every two years from 2000 to 2008.  The results show a significantly higher incidence of domestic violence among deaf and hard-of-hearing students as compared to hearing populations on campus and compared to national averages among college students.”

For more resources on working with Deaf communities, visit one of the following organizations that provides services and resources for survivors of domestic and sexual violence:

Abused Deaf Women Advocacy Series (ADWAS)

Deaf Hope

Deaf Women Against Violence Everywhere

Livia Rojas, MSSW, is the Training and Resource Coordinator in the Campus Program at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) where she provides training and technical assistance to recipients of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking on college and university campuses across the United States and territories. Livia has eleven years of working to advance human rights and student organizing through practice and research.

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