A new campaign in Toronto aims to help deaf women facing family breakdowns navigate the legal system.
Through its Family Law Education for Women program, METRAC has partnered with Springtide Resources and members of the deaf community to create two videos being launched Thursday.
The videos were produced in American Sign Language, with closed captioning, and contain detailed information about child custody rights and information about support services for survivors of domestic assault.
METRAC has for years provided sign language services for deaf and hard-of-hearing women through direct translation, but feedback from the deaf community showed it “wasn’t very helpful,” said METRAC’s legal director Tamar Witelson.
“This is about increasing access to justice. There’s a lot of concerns when women are separating from their partners, and it’s even harder for deaf women,” she said, noting that having a multimedia element in the resources will go a long way.