Guides, Handbooks and Practical Resources.

Tips for Women's Service Providers Working with Women with DisAbilities B.C. (27 pages) Contains risk factors, barriers and some excellent tips on communicating.

Simple Solutions –A Manual-How NGO’s can Eliminate Barriers to Volunteering by People with Disabilities Canada (36 pages) Women with disAbilties are often overlooked as prospective volunteers and yet often have the time and inclination to do so. This simple guide covers some of the barriers we face but also includes simple solutions.

Dating Violence Awareness Canada site includes everything from a facilitators guide to handouts. It is intended for individuals with disAbilties and low English literacy. The Facilitators guide is designed to be an easy, accessible and adaptable resource for educators, facilitators of youth groups and support staff and includes step-by-step instructions.

Guard against Bullying Kit Canada is again a complete resource for presenting anti-Bullying workshops for those with disAbilities and low English skills. Includes Fact Sheets and videos.

Violence and Accessibility Increasing Safety for Women with Disabilities on Campus Canada (33 pages). Based on women’s lived experiences this guide offers a look at the barriers women with disAbilties face on campus along with recommendations for preventing violence on campus.

The Civil Justice System and the Public: Communication and Access Barriers for those with Disabilties Canada (13 pages) is a look from people with disAbilties and front line workers of the difficulties accessing our justice system.

Tips for Women’s Service Providers Working with Women with disAbilties Canada (27 pages) purpose is to provide information to service providers who seek to make their services accessible to women with disabilities.

Abuse of Persons with Disabilities Alberta (20 pages) is an all inclusive look at family violence covering everything from what is family violence to what to do if a person tells you about abuse. A must read and to share with others.

First Response to Victims of Crime Who Have a Disability USA (33 pages)though intended for Law Enforcement Officers contains the background and tips to use for those with Alzheimer’s Disease, Mental Illness, Mental Retardation, Blind or Visually Impaired, and Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Victims with Disabilities: Collaborative Multidisciplinary First Response USA is a complete training package including agenda, assessment, pre-assignment, Instructors Manual, Participant Manual and Power Point presentations. Sadly due it’s being from the USA the Acts, Laws etc do not apply in Canada.

Sexual Assault and Adults with a Disability (20 pages) Australia This paper reviews current knowledge regarding the prevalence of sexual assault of adults with a disability, who the offenders are, and particular barriers to disclosure.

Protection of Persons with Disabilities (Massachusetts) Coordination Committees for Women’s Safety have been in existence for many years and are known to help victims; this paper concerns itself with setting up Coordination Committees for women, and men, with disAbilties who experience violence.

Creating Safety by asking what makes people vulnerable? USA (50pages) Whether a paid caregiver, support worker, family member, or domestic violence or sexual assault advocate, each of us individually and as a part of larger service organizations have a stake in creating safety for and with people with disabilities. We can and must become aware of and respond differently to our new understanding of what makes people vulnerable. This guide is designed to guide us through this journey, so that the vulnerability inherent in the “culture of compliance” that we inadvertently maintain is replaced with creating and fostering safety in its most basic and impactful form for people with disabilities—through a “culture of assertiveness.” It’s time. Creating access Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault with Disabilties USA (35 pages) in addition to containing a discussion of the intersections of Ableism and other Oppressions contains items you should consider dependant on the disability along with prevention ideas.

Gaining Insight, Taking Action Basic Skills for Serving Victims: USA (86 pages) is a companion guide to a DVD. Even without the DVD the segments Listen to My Story: Communicating With Victims of Crime and Meeting the Needs of Underserved Victims provides sufficient information for a facilitator to conduct a workshop or even just look at their own attitudes towards people with disabilities.

“Nothing About Us Without Us” Washington State (68 pages) This report chronicles the community mobilization and co-advocacy efforts between domestic violence and disability advocates through the development of two pilot site projects (one rural and one urban) in Washington State.

Enough and yet not Enough Washington State (163 pages) Manual on domestic violence advocacy for persons with disabilities was developed to enhance the skills of community based domestic violence advocates. Chapters address: the challenges domestic violence advocates face; the extent of the problem of violence against people with disabilities; ways in which the abuser uses the experience of disability against the survivor. Sadly as it is American a large amount of the information is not applicable, but it is still worth while reading.

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