Deaf Access to Support
We have a new support service at Rape Crisis Scotland for Deaf survivors. Our leaflet can be downloaded here (although some of the contact information it provides has been superseded by the information given below).
Deaf access is available every Tuesday 1.30-5pm. As well as email you can contact us by:-
- Phone - 0141 331 2715
- SMS text - 07537 400702
- and by free calls via online BSL interpreter through Contact Scotland BSL.
Contact Scotland BSL is the online BSL interpreting service enabling you tocontact a range of services including your Council, Police 101, NHS 24, your GP, support agencies and more. Calls are free, and available until midnight daily.
If you'd like to find out more, go to http://contactscotland-bsl.org/#.
Some key support information about rape and sexual assault is also available in BSL on our website at http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/british-sign-language/ or on DVD. Further information in BSL on prostitution, bullying, harassment and domestic abuse can be found at http://www.wisewomen.org.uk/deaf/index.html.
The main helpline service is available every day 6pm to midnight by:-
- Phone - 08088 01 03 02
- email – firstname.lastname@example.org
The helpline is staffed entirely by women offering support to anyone aged 13+ who has been affected by any form of sexual violence, nomatter when in their lives it happened.
If you are deaf and need to access 999, you can find out here how to do this.
Detailed written information and a video explaining how to use it are also available in BSL at: http://www.emergencysms.org.uk/about_emergencysms.php
Also, Childline has a deafzone for young deaf people which has information and BSL videos on a range of topics such as bullying, staying safe online and emotional and physical abuse - see http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/Deafzone/Pages/BSLvideos-BritishSignLanguage.aspx
The deaf health charity Signhealth has a series of video resources looking at Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and its effects - you can see these here.