• October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

    Paint the Town Purple! Find us at NOMA Metro Station on Oct 1st. Raise awareness to end violence in our community.

    Thanks to Gallaudet student Kristy Ramos for the artwork.
  • What's your definition of love?

    Watch what love means to some members of our Deaf community.

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  • Young adults are at the greatest risk of intimate partner abuse.

    DAWN provides support services and educational outreach to Deaf adults ages 18 - 24 to help stop and prevent domestic abuse.

    Read more >
  • You shop. Amazon gives.

    Shop at smile.amazon.com (same website as www.amazon.com, but with a perk!) and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to DAWN.

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  • New Advocate Coordinator: Bregitt Jimenez

    DAWN is pleased to announce our new Advocate Coordinator is Bregitt Jimenez. Bregitt graduated with Master's in Social Work from Gallaudet and has worked at Model Secondary School for the Deaf and Global Reach Out. During her graduate studies, Bregitt and her colleagues conducted a year-long community-based needs assessment on DAWN, the results of which DAWN continues to use currently.

    Bregitt has a passion for advocacy, empowerment, and outreach. Please welcome her to DAWN!
  • Wear Purple on Thursday, October 23rd!

    Please wear something Purple to honor victims and support survivors of domestic violence.

    Check out the VLOG about #DEAFPurpleThursday.

Healthy Relationship?

Is your relationship a good one? To find out, take our relationship quiz.


Support DAWN!

Donate money or time to help us help stop abuse.


Need help now?

Have you been abused and need help from DAWN? Access our resources.


Our Mission

DAWN's mission is to promote healthy relationships and end abuse in the Deaf community of the Washington, DC area. We do this in two ways:

  • Providing survivors of abuse with help they need to heal and progress with their lives.
  • Educating Deaf and hearing communities on the issues and how to foster positive relationships.

Need help now?

Emergency E-mail Hotline (Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

If this is an emergency, dial 911

What we provide

Are you a Deaf survivor of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or stalking? DAWN provides crisis intervention services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind communities. Our survivor services include:

  • Resource referral (medical and legal)
  • Case management
  • Peer advocacy
  • Counseling
  • Support groups
50% of deaf women
16% of deaf men

are victims of domestic abuse.

More Facts & Stats

DAWN provides educational outreach and other resources to help prevent abuse and promote healthy relationships in Washington, DC’s Deaf community.