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Wisconsin’s Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project

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Disability Rights Wisconsin continues in its seventh year of collaboration with the End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin and Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) to address domestic and sexual violence against women with disabilities and Deaf/deaf women. Through a federal grant funded through the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, our statewide organizations have joined together to promote our collaborative vision:

Women with disabilities and deaf/Deaf women who experience sexual assault and/or domestic violence will be supported by people who have actively prepared for access and who think about the meaning of respect one woman at a time.

Throughout these seven years, we have sought to ensure that the objectives and activities of this Project continue to be centered around:

  • the distinctive dynamics of domestic violence (DV), sexual assault (SA) and stalking against women with disabilities,
  • the paramount importance of victim safety in all of its undertakings,
  • the necessity for appropriate and effective services to women victims with disabilities, and
  • equal access through compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Our activities and efforts are focused on three primary strategies:

1. The disparity of services and support at the point of entry for victims/survivors with serious mental illness at local access sites;
2. Policies and procedures of statewide collaborating partners to strengthen access for victims/survivors with disabilities and Deaf; and
3. Understanding of and responsiveness to victims/survivors with intellectual and other disabilities and Deaf by affiliated multi-disciplinary systems.

Our goal is to elevate collaboration among sexual assault, domestic violence and disability programs; and Enhance the statewide and local capacity to serve women victims with disabilities and Deaf women in a manner that is accessible, supportive and culturally affirmative.

For more information about this Project:

Pam Malin, Project Coordinator, Disability Rights Wisconsin
608- 267-0214 (Voice)
800-928-8778 (Toll free for consumers and family members only)

Project Publications Available On-Line

All Project publications are available in alternate formats (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, CD-Rom). Several project publications are available to download free of charge in PDF format. Click here to view the available Project publications or select from the list below: