People with Disabilities
As an individual with a social, sensory or physical disability, you may be particularly vulnerable to abuse. Research shows that people with disabilities are more likely to experience abuse than those without disabilities and that these individuals are at higher risk for abuse by multiple perpetrators for longer periods of time.
While you face the same challenges as victims without disabilities, as a victim with disabilities you may also face some unique challenges and concerns. For example, you may:
- Depend on their abuser for basic personal care
- Feel guilt that your caregiver is overburdened and the abuse is something you just have to deal with
- Have limited escape options
- Have limited access to transportation
- Require the use of assistive devices that your abuser may tamper with or withhold
- Fear being put in a nursing facility or losing your independence if others feels you cannot care for yourself without the assistance of your abuser
- Fear that community resources may not be physically, attitudinally or culturally accessible
You should know that no matter what, you have the right to live a life free from abuse. CCADV and its 18 member agencies are committed to constantly improving and strengthening the accessibility of programs so that victims of domestic violence living with disabilities can be served in a comprehensive manner.
If you believe you are a victim of abuse, please contact your local domestic violence agency by calling the statewide, toll-free domestic violence hotline at (888) 774-2900.
CT Department of Rehabilitation Services: The Department strives to provide high quality services to support individuals with disabilities to work competitively and live independently.
CT Association of Centers for Independent Living: This is an association of Connecticut’s 5 Centers for Independent Living and they work for the full integration, independence and civil rights of people with disabilities.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Women’s Health: Offers additional tips and national resources for victims living with disabilities.
Accessing Safety Initiative: A project of the Vera Institute of Justice, this initiative helps states and cities enhance the capacity of their social services and criminal justice systems to assist women with disabilities and deaf women who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.