Creating and Maintaining a Safety Net for Survivors with Disabilities

Advocates working within domestic violence and sexual assault programs often connect survivors with other benefits such as welfare and affordable housing to bridge the gap from living with abuser to living on their own. When serving survivors with disabilities, there are additional services that a survivor might need assistance accessing, such as federal disability benefits… Read more »

Violence Against People with Disabilities and Deaf People 101

Research has shown that some people with disabilities experience increased risk of domestic and sexual violence compared to people without disabilities and that those that do experience such violence reported a larger number of perpetrators and a greater duration of violence. In this webinar, Vera staff will explore some of the unique complexities of violence… Read more »

Understanding the Legal Framework: Federal Laws and Case Law Impacting Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Organizations.

Survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors need the services of domestic violence and sexual violence organizations at the same rate, if not more often, than people without disabilities. However, these organizations are not always sure how to best ensure that they are providing appropriate services to these survivors or what they are required to do under the… Read more »

Who Decides? The Unique Dynamics of Serving Survivors with Guardians.

For some people with disabilities, a court has appointed them a guardian to help them make important decisions. There are different types of guardianship, including plenary and limited guardianships, and rules vary by state. This webinar is a primer on the how to best serve a survivor who has a guardian – including issues of… Read more »

Best Practices for Legal Advocacy for People with Disabilities

Navigating the legal system can be challenging in the best of circumstances. When you also have a disability, additional barriers will arise. Legal advocates need to ensure that they are prepared to best provide services for people with disabilities as well as ensuring that courts are prepared to provide necessary accommodations. This webinar will explore… Read more »

You Report? Everyone Reports? Mandated Reporting Obligations When a Survivor Has a Disability Webinar

Serving the needs of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors is complicated by complex mandatory reporting requirements. These requirements are different in every state and can have stark consequences for service providers that work with people with disabilities and Deaf people. This webinar will provide an overview of mandatory reporting… Read more »