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Most Recent Violence against Women w/ Disabilities

New Brochure – In Wisconsin, Treatment Never Includes Sex

DRW worked with DHS to develop a brochure on sexual exploitation of mental health consumers in mental health services and substance abuse services. Approximately 10-13 percent of mental health providers self-report exploiting at least one client in their career services and of these, most report exploiting more than one client. It is important that consumers of mental health and substance abuse services be aware of the possible warning signs that they might be targeted for exploitation, know their rights, and know where they may receive assistance if they are being sexually exploited by a mental health professional.

Since April was sexual assault awareness month, we would like to provide a resource for people who may be experiencing sexual exploitation in treatment. To view and download the brochure, click here.

New Publication: Access from an Interpersonal Angle

Access from an Interpersonal Angle was developed through the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin and authored by Mark Sweet, Trainer and Consultant at Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW). Access is often understood as a list of requirements based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Parking spaces, ramps, power doors and architectural dimensions for bathrooms are some of the factors that support and service organizations can check off their lists as either requirements met or not. From the points of view of service organizations, once they have accounted for structural access, there is often an assumption that access has been addressed. Being fully accessible is a dynamic practice that requires our attention one contact at a time.

This Tool is to be used by sexual assault and domestic violence programs to review their programs and services to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access and an equal opportunity to participate. Accessibility includes removing not only physical barriers to participation, but also cultural and attitudinal barriers. This Tool compliments the Self-Assessment Tool for Ensuring Access for People with Disabilities and the Accessibility Guide developed by the Project in 2004.

Click here to view Access from an Interpersonal Angle.

New Publication En Espanol: CREANDO SEGURIDAD PREGUNTÁNDONOS ¿QUÉ HACE VULNERABLES A LAS PERSONAS?

Our publication Creating Safety by Asking What makes people vulnerable? is now available in Spanish. Click here to read CREANDO SEGURIDAD PREGUNTÁNDONOS ¿QUÉ HACE VULNERABLES A LAS PERSONAS?

Announcing two new Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project Resources available through Disability Rights Wisconsin

Conversations about Interpersonal Safety:  Helping individuals create more safety for themselves and talk about events that concern them                                     June 2014

Developed through the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin and authored by Mark Sweet, Trainer and Consultant at Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW), this resource is designed for advocates, friends, family members and others to guide conversation and invite thinking about social situations and issues of personal safety involving people who have difficulty with abstract language, learning and social interactions — many individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  In response to the Project’s 2011 publication, Creating Safety by Asking What Makes People Vulnerable?, requests poured in asking for specific language and sample questions that one could use to talk about issues of safety and harm directly with people with intellectual disabilities.  This resource responds to those requests and provides “conversation starters,” questions covering a myriad of themes designed to stimulate thought about what conversations might be helpful or of interest to people you know and support.  Click here to read the rest of Announcing two new Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project Resources available through Disability Rights Wisconsin »

New Publication: Understanding the Connection – Traumatic Brain Injury and Violence

Disability Rights Wisconsin announces the availability of Understanding the Connection:  Traumatic Brain Injury and Violence, a booklet and pull-out screening tool that raises awareness about and provides Wisconsin resource information for individuals who might have acquired a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of domestic abuse or sexual violence.  TBI often is an overlooked consequence of interpersonal violence.  This new resource includes a five-step screening tool that anyone may use to help identify who might need more in-depth medical evaluation for TBI.  Recognizing the connection between TBI and interpersonal violence is critical because repeated head injuries decrease a person’s ability to recover.  Click here to download the booklet: Understanding the Connection. Click here to download the screening tool: HELPS Screening Tool.

Announcing a new Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project Resource available through DRW

Developed through the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin, A Practical Guide for Creating Trauma-Informed Disability, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Organizations highlights and explores effective trauma-informed conditions or core values that victims, survivors and people with disabilities find essential for safety and healing. The Guide leads readers on a journey of exploration into the context of these conditions to promote dialogue and understanding, and spur implementation of strategies for domestic violence, sexual assault and disability organizations to become more trauma-informed. December 2011

Click here to download the Trauma Informed Guide.

Announcing two new Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project Resources available through DRW

CREATING SAFETY by Asking What Makes People Vulnerable? July 2011

Developed through the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin and authored by Mark Sweet, Trainer and Consultant at Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW), this guide is a ground-breaking culmination of open thought, keen observation and practical understanding of how many people with disabilities experience human interactions and relationships designed to provide them support. While people who provide paid support or caregiving to individuals with disabilities are the primary audience for whom this guide was designed, for domestic and sexual violence advocates, human services workers, social workers or counselors, and even family members, the ideas broached and questions raised throughout this piece are important considerations for any of us who work with, support, advocate or love someone with a disability. Through exploring linkages among assertiveness, vulnerability, compliance models and imbalances of power in caregiving relationships, readers will begin to glimpse the often hidden reality of how these linkages make some individuals more vulnerable… more vulnerable to abuse.

Click here to download Creating Safety.

Victims/Survivors Who Use Service Animals: An Updated Background Paper and Sample Policy for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs September 2011
This booklet was originally developed and now updated by the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin to assist domestic violence and sexual assault organizations, and other service organizations that have questions about addressing requests for service animals as a reasonable accommodation or modification for program participants with disabilities. People with disabilities use service animals to perform tasks related to their disabilities. The assistance these animals provide can lessen symptoms or help remove day-to-day barriers people with disabilities experience. This booklet is designed to inform organizations about the legal requirements and practical expectations when service animals are present within your agency and its programs. Learning about the legal requirements, developing your agency’s own service animal policy, and training staff to apply it consistently helps to alleviate potential liability issues — for both illegal discrimination and presence of an animal on-site.

Click here to download the Service Animal guide.

Resource Guide: Addressing and Ending Violence Against Women with Disabilities

DRW, in collaboration with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), devised this Resource Guide for Protection & Advocacy agencies (P & As) across the country. It is designed to promote the necessity for and benefits to P & As joining with sexual assault and domestic violence programs to forge partnerships on issues of violence against women with disabilities. 2006

Click here to download Resource Guide: Addressing and Ending Violence Against Women with Disabilities

Self Assessment Tool for Ensuring Access for People with Disabilities

This Tool is to be used by sexual assault and domestic violence programs to review their programs and services to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access and an equal opportunity to participate. Accessibility includes removing not only physical barriers to participation, but also cultural and attitudinal barriers. This Self Assessment Tool for Ensuring Access for People with Disabilities should be used in conjunction with the Accessibility Guide. The Accessibility Guide also gives practical suggestions and useful ideas to incorporate when using the Tool. April 2004

Click here to download Self Assessment Tool for Ensuring Access for People with Disabilities

Cross Training Workbook: Violence Against Women with Disabilities

This publication is a workbook that begins with brief background information on domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and women with disabilities. It truly is a workbook that acknowledges and encourages you to individualize a process that you can and will use, wherever you are, on your own and as part of an organization, to address the needs of each person who might need your help. There are issues and questions raised throughout these materials. When you see questions, we encourage you to pause long enough to consider them on your own and with others. Spend some time with someone else who cares as you do about these issues. Ask others what they think, what they need, what they have experienced, what they want to learn, who they know who might be an additional resource. April 2004

Click here to download Cross Training Workbook: Violence Against Women with Disabilities