Victim Advocates (VAs)
The Victim Advocate is a fluent signer of ASL who is available to help create linguistic and culturally affirmative accessibility within sexual and domestic violence programs, law enforcement, hospitals, the criminal justice system, and other victim service providers and agencies.
Who will we work with?
The Advocate Victim works with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened and Deaf-Blind people in Massachusetts who have experienced:
How can we provide support?
The Victim Advocate can:
Collaborate with other victim service agencies/programs
Support survivors while connecting services
Provide Education and Training
Accompany survivors to appointments/meetings to ensure:
- Communication access is provided
- A good relationship with hearing providers/advocate is created
The Victim Advocate can provide education and training for victim service agencies and programs.
Including but not limited to :
How to work with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened and Deaf-Blind survivors
Communication Accommodations, such as how to request and ASL interpreter, Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) and/or CART providers, and ADA equipment requirements.
To contact the Victim Advocates:
Samantha Kistner, VA
Rebecca Szynkowski, VA