By Dana Fleitman, Program Coordinator
Did you know that personal care attendants, transportation providers and family members are the most common perpetrators of violence against persons with disabilities? Last week, three expert presenters – Paul Feuerstein (Barrier Free Living), Shirley Paceley (Blue Tower Training) and Nancy Smith (Vera Institute of Justice) – spoke to JWI’s National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse on best practices for working with domestic violence survivors who have developmental disabilities. Covering barriers to services, how to create accessible environments, tips for communication and more, these three experts provided a thought-provoking introduction to this essential topic. For continued learning, they recommend the following resources:
- Breaking Barriers in Domestic Violence Monthly Newsletter- E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up
- International Association of Forensic Nurses: “On the Edge” article
- llinois Imagines: A collaboration to address sexual violence against women with disabilities
- Online Training for Law Enforcement “Effective Response to Victims with Disabilities” for Sexual Assault investigators—to be released soon at www.evawintl.org.
- WE CAN Stop Abuse curriculum
Next month’s webinar will take place Thursday, February 14th from 12-1:30pm Eastern. Register here for “Let’s Talk About Sex: Teens and Sexual Violence,” presented by Mitru Ciarlante (ACT for Change, LLC) and Rachel Dart (Sex Discussed Here). As February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, this webinar will focus specifically on adolescents and explore the unique needs, challenges and barriers facing teenagers as they navigate their relationships and sexual experiences. The presentation will offer best practices in discussing sex and sexuality with teens as well as working with teen victims of sexual violence.