Investment theme: Moving on from abuse
Deaf Links Dundee: £5,000 in 2019: Funding for assessment of the need of deaf women and girls and development of a tailored service from Women’s Aid to meet these needs, work which has now received longer term funding
Purpose: To assess the needs of deaf women and girls experiencing abuse through surveys and face to face contacts and to use this evidence to develop the Women’s Aid services locally to better meet their needs.
Achievements: 104 women and girls were involved in the focus groups, 1:1 interviews, and online feedback to gather the evidence of their experiences and knowledge of gender based violence/abuse, the specialist services which offer support, the barriers they face and what they want to see in terms of accessible services. Alongside this, 75 specialist organisations/agencies across Scotland who offer support to women who experience gender based violence/abuse were contacted with a questionnaire to gather information on their experiences of working with Deaf women and girls. The evidence gathered and presented in the report has enabled Deaf Links (working alongside local Deaf women and girls) to form a working partnership with Angus, Dundee and Perthshire Women’s Aid and co-design an accessible service.
We have successfully gained 2 years funding from the Scottish Government Delivering Equally Safe Fund to develop an Advocacy Service for Deaf Women who have experienced gender based violence/abuse. We have just recruited staff for the project and have begun this much needed work across Tayside. Our goal is to develop and deliver a successful model of service which can be replicated in other areas of Scotland.
Women’s Fund for Scotland has given a total of £8,850 across 2 grants to our grant partner Deaf Links Dundee. We are pleased we have been able to support your excellent work in this way. Thank you for all that you do and for choosing us as your funding partner.