End Abuse of People with Disabilities Website
The End Abuse of People with Disabilities website is managed by the Center on Victimization and Safety (CVS) at the Vera Institute of Justice. As awareness about the rates of violence against people with disabilities and Deaf people grows, so does the need to connect the practitioners, organizations, government agencies, communities, and individuals that make up the growing movement to end abuse of people with disabilities and Deaf people. This website is a place to connect with others engaged in this work, to access the latest resources and research from the field, and to advance the thinking around intervention and prevention.
The Center on Victimization and Safety
Since 2005 the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) has been addressing the victimization and justice needs of people with disabilities and Deaf people through the work in the Center on Victimization and Safety. Our staff in CVS has more than 50 years of combined experience in sexual violence, disability, domestic violence, non-profit management, research and more.
As collaborative members of the movement to end violence against people with disabilities and Deaf people, we seek to:
- Sustain the growth of this movement by continuing to raise awareness, as well as convene and engage all people, organizations, and communities, creating a strong, diverse, inclusive and engaged network dedicated to ending abuse of people with disabilities and Deaf people.
- Enhance the individual and collective capacity of families, community members, providers, first responders, and policymakers to prevent violence against people with disabilities, and to respond effectively when violence and abuse does occur.
- Increase the availability and use of research and evaluation in all efforts to end abuse of people with disabilities and Deaf people.
- Promote a framework for ending domestic and sexual violence that accounts for the societal, community, and individual factors that marginalize people with disabilities and Deaf people in the United States.
With this vision in mind, the Center on Victimization and Safety brings together its staff’s knowledge and skills to:
- Provide technical assistance to communities and organizations across the country, providing them with resources and supporting them to develop and implement best policies and practices.
- Test and evaluate solutions that are realistic and transformative.
- Address problems that impede equal access to services.
- Advocate that the needs of people with disabilities and Deaf people be considered when developing policy solutions and responses to crime.
- Foster a continued dialogue about enduring and emerging issues that inform an inspire change.
Ending abuse of people with disabilities requires all of us working together, and our funding partners are no exception. We work in partnership with an array of public and private funders to advance our shared goals around abuse of people with disabilities. We would like to especially thank and recognize the work and support of The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, The NOVO Foundation, The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime and The Ms. Foundation.
Funding for this website was provided by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K004 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.