DOVE’s mission is to provide culturally accessible services that empower and offer hope to Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing victims of abuse.
Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment (DOVE) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established in 2000. With the support of DOVE’s Board of Directors, our organization is dedicated to providing advocacy services for Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, or Hard of Hearing (DDBDDHH) victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of abuse in Colorado. DOVE staff are available 24/7 via our hotline (303-831-7874).
We work with DDBDDHH survivors to ensure victim rights are met throughout their journey towards healing. Our priority is communication access and culturally responsive services for DDBDDHH victims/survivors within the legal, medical, and human services systems.
DOVE also provides community education and outreach, training and technical assistance for hearing service providers, youth advocacy and prevention, and resiliency services to promote long-term healing for DDBDDHH survivors. We train and coordinate a team of Volunteer Advocates, building a network of trauma-informed community members across Colorado. We aim to build a collaborative community that supports and believes all survivors.
We are aware that victims/survivors have multiple intersectional identities that impact their experience of abuse, and their experience in navigating systems and resources. The DOVE team is committed to daily learning and unpacking of our individual biases, oppressive thinking/behaviors, and microaggressions. We aim to recognize the unique needs of every DDBDDHH victim/survivor, and to respond with warmth, empathy, and an openness to learning.