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Deaf Women in Abusive Relationships Are in Danger during the Pandemic | Bitch Media

48 million deaf or hard of hearing people in the United States at risk of domestic violence during the lockdown.

Ana Martinez was speaking to her 16-year-old adopted son in his room at her home in Portland, Oregon, last month when he flew into a rage over his phone calls being monitored by his parents. He punched a hole in a wall just inches from her face, picked up a metal chair, and then hurled it at her. Fortunately, she didn’t sustain any injuries, and her two younger children weren’t present. Though Martinez called the police, they only issued her son a warning and left without arresting him. Martinez—who’s hard of hearing and uses American Sign Language and English to communicate—was surprised by her hearing son’s violent behavior. He had been living with her, her hearing husband, Pedro, and their other children for nine months. While she knew that he was capable of being emotionally abusive and destroying property in fits of anger, this was the first time “he came at us,” Martinez wrote in an email. …

Source: Deaf Women in Abusive Relationships Are in Danger during the Pandemic | Bitch Media


By Eve Reiland

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