The End Abuse of People with Disabilities Webinar Series (Formerly The Bridging the Gap Webinar Series)

Author: Center on Victimization and Safety
Publication Date: 2017

The End Abuse of People with Disabilities Webinar Series (Formerly the Bridging the Gap Webinar Series) is a FREE monthly webinar series that features topics that advance the conversation at the intersection of violence against people with disabilities and Deaf people. Here you will find links to recordings of past presentations for you to view at your convenience, and to pass along to colleagues.



  • Serving Both Sides: Navigating Domestic Violence Amongst Service Users. This webinar explores the importance of policies to ensure effective and safe services for all people served when there is domestic violence amongst service providers as well as some important considerations when developing a related policy at your organization. (Original broadcast September 18, 2018).
  • It’s My Prerogative: Consent and Healthy Sexuality for People with Disabilities. This webinar reviews the need for sexuality education for people with disabilities, issues around consent to sex for people with disabilities, how to talk to people with disabilities about consent, and resources for discussing sexuality with people with disabilities with the ultimate goal of promoting safe and autonomous sexual relationships. (Original broadcast August 21, 2018)
  • Nothing About Us Without Us: Centering the Movement Around Self-Advocates. This webinar provides an overview of how to facilitate the effective participation of self-advocates at the intersection of violence and disability as well as some of the benefits of ensuring that the movement is centered around their lived experiences. (Original broadcast July 17, 2018)
  • Creating and Maintaining a Safety Net for Survivors with Disabilities. When serving survivors with disabilities, there are additional services that a survivor might need assistance accessing, such as federal disability benefits and supportive housing. This webinar provides information on how to connect survivors with disabilities to these necessary resources. (Original broadcast May 15, 2018)
  • Serving Deaf Survivors and Working with Interpreters.
  • Raising the Bar: 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. This webinar explores best practices for legal advocates as well as innovative ideas to help survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors navigate the legal system.(Original broadcast January 23, 2018)


  • One Size Does Not Fit All: Serving Culturally Diverse Survivors with Disabilities. Victims of sexual or domestic violence come from every race, ethnicity, and background imaginable. One of the most challenging aspects of serving survivors is ensuring that you are providing culturally competent services to all, no matter what their background. This webinar explores the complicated goal of providing culturally specific services to survivors with disabilities. (Original broadcast date November 14, 2017)
  • You Report? Everyone Reports? Mandated Reporting Obligations When a Survivor Has a Disability. The primary public policy response to the victimization of people with disabilities was the creation of mandatory reporting requirements, whereby service providers are sometimes required by the law in their state to report abuse or neglect to a state agency or oversight organization. These requirements are different in every state and may have an impact on how domestic/sexual violence and disability providers interact with the people that they serve. This webinar provides an overview of mandatory reporting in the context of sexual and domestic violence and some of the unique dynamics that arise when a survivor of sexual or domestic violence has a disability.(Original broadcast October 17, 2017)
  • 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 confidentiality and information on how to approach the situation when the guardian is the perpetrator of violence. Practical tips will be provided on how to maintain a survivor-centered approach when the survivor has a guardian and how to approach survivors who seem to have difficulty understanding but don’t have a guardian.  (Original broadcast August 15, 2017)
  • Promoting Accessibility and Accountability: Law Enforcement and Survivors with Disabilities and Deaf Survivors. It is important that law enforcement officers are aware of best practices when serving survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors to ensure that their response to these survivors is effective and appropriate. During this webinar, two innovative programs will share their experiences related to working with law enforcement. They will provide an overview of the common barriers that survivors with disabilities, and specifically those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those who are Deaf, face when interacting with law enforcement.  Additionally, they will provide strategies for how law enforcement can build safe and effective relationships with these communities. (Original broadcast May 9, 2017)
  • 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 law. This webinar will review three pieces of federal law that provide the minimum requirements for accommodations – the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, and Fair Housing Act. Additionally, it will provide some best practices for providing services to people with disabilities and Deaf people. (Original broadcast March 14, 2017)
  • Violence Against People with Disabilities and Deaf People 101Research 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 against people with disabilities and Deaf people, barriers to access to effective criminal justice and victim services responses for survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors, and opportunities for change in the field. The webinar will provide foundational information we will build on throughout the year as we continue to explore some of the particular areas of interest at the intersection of violence and disability. (Original broadcast February 28, 2017)


  • Addressing Violence Against People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Engaging Self Advocates and Lessons Learned in Hennepin County. During this webinar learn about Accessing Safety in Hennepin County’s work to address violence against people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their engagement of self advocates (people with disabilities organized to educate the community about issues that affect them and shape efforts to address them) in this work. (Original broadcast November 15, 2016)
  • Family Law Survival Kit: Tipping the scales in favor of domestic violence survivors who have mental health concerns. During this webinar The Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project in King County, WA discuss the Family Law Toolkits created for domestic violence advocates, attorney’s, mental health services providers, and survivors. These tool kits provide information, resources, and support for survivors, particularly those with mental health concerns, to navigate the family law system successfully. (Original broadcast November 1, 2016)
  • Serving Survivors Through Co-Advocacy. Co-advocacy allows us to provide cohesive and holistic services to survivors that meets their unique needs, shaped by their individual identity and lived experience. During this webinar a panel of experts explore this service model through the lens of culture, language, and disability, highlighting the importance of strong partnerships to achieving success in co-advocacy. (Original broadcast October 18, 2016)
  • Spotlight on Communities of Promise: Bloomington, MN. This webinar features the groundbreaking work of one community who is building a co-advocacy model for Deaf survivors. Learn about their policies and procedures, how they built a collaborative partnership, and their goals for their work moving forward. (Original broadcast September 13, 2016)
  • The In’s and Out’s of Safety and Assistive Technology. This third and final webinar in our Summer Technology Mini Series discussed different types of assistive technologies used by people with disabilities and Deaf people, the ways in which these technologies can be misused by abusers, and considerations for safety planning with survivors who use assistive technology. (Original broadcast July 12, 2016)
  • Technology Safety & Online Privacy: Working with Survivors with Disabilities. The second webinar in the three part Summer Technology Mini Series, Erica Olsen with the National Network to End Domestic Violence discusses how technology can be misused to abuse or stalk, and ways that survivors can protect themselves. To access this recording please contact us at (Original broadcast June 30, 2016)
  • Engaging People with Disabilities Through Social Media. Part of the Summer Technology Mini Series, this webinar features the work of a group in Austin Texas who set out to learn more about social media and how it is used by people with disabilities in their community. Recommendations are shared for organizations looking to use social media in their outreach, prevention, and intervention work. (Original broadcast June 14, 2016)
  • Spotlight on Communities of Promise: Logan Utah. During this presentation Laline Ray, with Norther Utah’s Choices Out of Violence, shares the groups efforts to address violence against people with disabilities in their community. From the creation of innovative assessment tools to evaluate accessibility of physical spaces and intake policies that account for accommodations, to strategies for fostering agency and community commitment to addressing violence against people with disabilities. (Original broadcast May 17, 2016)
  • Exploring the Intersection of Violence and Disability in “Indian Country”. During this webinar Amanda Watson of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition and Joseph Ray from the National Congress of American Indian’s, share perspectives about the intersection between violence against women and disability amongst American Indian and Alaska Native communities. (Original broadcast April 19, 2016)
  • Spotlight on Communities of Promise: Cincinnati, Ohio. Communities across the country are leading the way in addressing violence against people with disabilities and Deaf people. Suzanne Hopkins of Project CARE in Cincinnati highlights the collaborative work of five organizations in Cincinnati Ohio to address the needs of survivors in their community. (Original broadcast March 15, 2016)
  • People First: Practicing Accessibility One Contact at a Time. Mark Sweet of Disability Rights Wisconsin discusses accessibility in terms of interpersonal contact. Participants will learn about considering individuals point of view (POV), and how not considering it can lead to missed opportunities to support a survivor. (Original broadcast February 15, 2016)


Publication Date: 2015-2014

  • A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: Picture Tools to Support the Forensic Exam Process for Survivors with Disabilities. Originally recorded in 2014, this webinar discusses three pictorial guides developed for medical staff, victim advocates, and self-advocates, to support safe and accessible SANE exams for women with disabilities.
  • Assessing Your Organization for Physical Access and Safety. When serving survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors, it is important to consider both the safety and accessibility of your organization. This webinar explores this balance by providing concrete resources for planning and conducting a safety and access review of organizations and their services.
  • Policies and Best Practices to Screen Survivors with Disabilities for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault & Stalking. This webinar features the work of ProjectCARE, a local collaboration funded by the Office on Violence Against Women’s Disability Grant. Development and use of screening assessment protocols and tools are discussed for ensuring that survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors are properly screened and their service needs are met.
  • Safety Planning for Survivors with Disabilities. An introductory webinar for domestic and sexual violence advocates, this webinar discusses the unique dynamics of domestic and sexual violence experienced by women with disabilities. Viewers will receive strategies for safety planning and an overview of core beliefs that are central for safety planning with women with disabilities.
  • Tips for Working with ASL Interpreters. Effective communication is critical to working with survivors of violence, but even more so when the survivor you are working with is Deaf. This webinar reviews the unique aspects of the Deaf experience, including the wide variety of language usage, and strategies to consider when identifying and working with ASL interpreters.
  • Disability and Trauma. Through this webinar recording, viewers will learn about how trauma can impact those with disabilities, specifically those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as techniques for supporting survivors with disabilities to begin the healing process.
  • Responding to Victims with Disabilities: A Model Protocol for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors. In this webinar recording, participants will learn about the statewide protocol developed by the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council, to better support law enforcement officers and prosecutors to work with survivors with disabilities.
  • Disability and Transgender Survivors: Empowering Providers who Work with Multiply-Marginalized Populations. Transgender and gender nonconforming individuals live with higher-than-average rates of physical and mental health conditions. This webinar explores the barriers and experiences of transgender survivors with disabilities, through information and statistics about who they are and the types of violence they experience. Information about constructive and practical strategies for working with this multiply-marginalized population is also provided.