To enhance the safety of survivors with disabilities, disability organizations must create policies around a number of issues that arise at the intersection of violence and disability, including mandatory reporting, confidentiality, screening for abuse, and serving perpetrators of violence. To promote safety and healing and avoid potential unintended consequences, these policies must be informed by a deep understanding of domestic and sexual violence.
Resources You Can Use
- Northern Utah Intake Policy. This intake policy, created by the Northern Utah Choices Out of Violence collaboration, was designed to guide staff serving survivors with disabilities. It addresses accommodations, creating a safe environment for disclosing abuse, and transparency regarding mandatory reporting obligations.
- Connections Policies and Procedures. This document, developed by Connections, a collaboration in Duluth, Minnesota, outlines policies addressing confidentiality, reporting of vulnerable adult abuse, reasonable accommodations, and non-discrimination.