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22 JunSignHealth in England

We are now able to offer remote, online, specialised, Deaf support in Domestic Abuse to all of England.

SignHealth can provide online support video relay platforms (WhatsApp, FaceTime etc.) with the client, contact with professionals, support in finding refuge, ensuring that communication access if correct.  We can also work with different professionals and offer advice and guidance to build on the bubble of support that the client needs.

This is an amazing opportunity in providing specialised IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) client’s outside of London and the South East, which we have not been able to provide.

Our qualified Deaf IDVAs can communicate in British Sign Language (BSL) and can adapt their signing for Deaf people from aboard – less language barrier.

Please share our information.  If you know anyone who needs this support, then get in contact by any of the below ways:

  • Text the number 88802 with the message 121SIGN
  • Email – (regularly monitored)
  • Telephone – 0203 947 2600 (all calls to the Domestic Abuse Team are being redirected – if unable to get through then please email the service)
  • WhatsApp/SMS: – 07970 350366

An explanation about our remote service has also been translated into BSL (with subtitles). Follow this link: Coronavirus response – (scroll down the page a little)

Our website also has a wealth of information produced in BSL (with subtitles) explaining domestic abuse issues such as Migrant and Refugee Survivors, Finances, Wellbeing and Self-Care, What is an IDVA? and many more – please use and share


SignHealth in England


16 AprBSLHealthAccess for the UK’s Deaf community

SignHealth and online interpreting company InterpreterNow, have together launched ‘BSLHealthAccess’ which enables the provision of immediate, on demand access to British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters for communication with Deaf people in health settings free of charge during the current Coronavirus situation.

James Watson-O’Neill, SignHealth Chief Executive, says:

I am proud that SignHealth has agreed to fund this service and look forward to it being funded by the public sector in due course. Deaf people must be able to access healthcare, whether to visit their GP, have a scan during pregnancy or be treated in intensive care for coronavirus

Read the full Press Release

Visit the BSLHealthAcess website here