Violence Against Deaf Women in Germany: Collecting and Analysing Sensitive Data

Autor/a: FRIES, Sabine
Año: 2015
Editorial: VII Deaf Academics Researchers Conference, 2015
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Vídeo digital


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For a long time, physical, sexual, psychic, and structural violence against women has not been recognized as an issue for deaf communities. In contrast, a recent survey of the living conditions of women with disabilities in Germany revealed that deaf women in particular are seriously affected by all forms of violence. In some respects, they are the highest affected group of all women with disabilities.

In the context of a doctoral dissertation, twelve qualitative interviews with German deaf women who had (have?) experienced different forms of violence were conducted in a monolinguistic sign-only research setting. Surveys within the deaf society are subject to specific requirements in order to comply with essential ethical and legal aspects of research, in particular as regards informed consent and avoidance of potentially harmful consequences. Specifically, when generating and evaluating highly sensitive data related to the biography of deaf women affected by severe forms of violence, possible consequences of collecting video data need to be taken into account, since video footage makes it impossible to detach the data from the personal identity of the research participant.

For the purposes at hand, a new method of collecting and analysing empirical sign language data was developed in order protect the privacy of the participating deaf women despite exposure of intimate and personal information. The method of data collection used and some of the preliminary results of the study will be reported upon.