Build Formal Relationships

No one organization can address abuse of people with disabilities on their own. Disability organizations, organizations that address domestic and sexual violence, and other community agencies possess unique knowledge and services that, when combined, expand their understanding of survivors’ needs and create a system of services that is more complete and integrated to better meet the needs of survivors with disabilities. The first step in combining these resources is to build formal relationships through collaboration. With a solid relationship built, organizations can determine how best to share resources, lend  their expertise, and work together on behalf of survivors with disabilities.

Resources You Can Use

  • Collaboration Handbook: Creating, Sustaining, and Enjoying the Journey. This handbook tells you what to expect when working in collaboration and how to meet the challenges in a way that strengthens your group and gets the results you want.
  • Intersections Collaboration Charter. Intersections – a Boulder-based collaboration aimed at enhancing sexual assault services for survivors with disabilities – created a charter to document the group’s vision and mission, guiding values, and agreed-upon work process.
  • King County Reciprocal Consultation Guide. The Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project in King County, Washington created this document to guide the sharing of expertise across disciplines to increase the comfort and skill set of staff when working with survivors with mental health concerns.