Deaf Advocacy Project (DAP) volunteer advocates are members of the Deaf Community and have completed 80 hours of domestic and sexual violence (DV/SV) training.

Advocates are people who strictly follow the rules of confidentiality. Advocates are able to meet survivors at a police station, courthouse, hospital, DV/SV agency, or other location during times of crisis. The role of an advocate is to provide survivors with support and patience as they decide what the next steps he/she will take.

Advocates review survivors’ rights and legal options and can inform them about what to expect. Going through a domestic violence and/or sexual assault expereince often leaves victims feeling lost, overwhelmed and afraid. When a victim doesn’t know who to trust, an advocate can be there.