Domestic/Sexual Violence in the Deaf Community
Recorded On: 10/29/2018
Did you know that Deaf individuals are 1.5x more likely to be victims of relationship violence—including sexual harassment, sexual assault, psychological abuse, and physical abuse—than the general population? Come see a powerful presentation about how domestic violence and sexual assault affect the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, as well as the resources and challenges survivors face. Participants will have the opportunity to explore how contexts involving domestic/sexual violence impacts language decisions, to define ethical decision-making in contexts involving domestic or sexual violence, and to learn tips for keeping safe in these contexts.
Michelle Mendiola-McKinnie is the Youth Program Manager and Domestic Violence Advocate at Chicago Hearing Society, a division of Anixter Center. Michelle works with Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing adults and children who are victims of domestic violence. Michelle provides short-term counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy in various settings (i.e. police, hospitals, court), referrals to appropriate community resources for services and community education. A graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago, Michelle is personally and professionally active in the Deaf community. Married with three children, she lives in Chicago.
Michele Cunningham is the Victim Advocate at Chicago Hearing Society, a division of Anixter Center. Michele has worked with Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing victims of crimes in the Chicagoland Area for the past thirteen years. She provides short-term counseling, assistance in reporting the crime to the police, advocacy to ensure the victims’ rights are protected, support in working with the police and court system and applying for victim compensation. And also referrals to appropriate community resources for services and community education. Michele has a B.A. degree in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice. She is married with two children.