Sunday, January 08, 2012

Project Lavender - Addresses Domestic Violence On Deaf And Disabled Communities

With the US Attorney General's office recently reclassifying rape and identifying men as rape victims, it brings up the opportunity for Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center to re-introduce its domestic violence program under a new name, Project Lavender.

Each year millions of deaf and disabled males and females are sexually assaulted or raped. Approximately 190,000 of those deaf and disabled males and females are found in the United States. Some of those victims of rape and sexual assault develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and they then lose their well being, confidence, and willpower.

This is why Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center has had it's own Deaf Domestic Violence program enacted since 2002. It's still around with a new name, Project Lavender, as re-introduced. While we serve all victims, the scope of our resources positions us to have an emphasis on serving the male victims.

Project Lavender is a network of peer counsellors, advocates, and emergency housing programs committed to providing hope, empowerment, and healing to all victims of crimes, survivors of sexual assault.

Project Lavender Hope provides:

* a 24 hour crisis and referral hotline
* temporary sheltering
* court advocacy & research
* access to support groups
* access to counselling

Project Lavender acts with dignity and compassion in order to ease the pain of those who have been affected by rape, domestic violence. Whenever tragedy strikes, Project Lavender Hope is there when you need them. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. 365 days a year.

And we are collecting donations for this specific program for which we have placed deaf and disabled domestic violence victims in our residency programs, provided access to counselling, and been able to assist in odd hours like 3 am last summer.

Make donations at this link https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=CRS2U92GLEH9A