Disability organizations prioritize access in their service design, but haven’t traditionally designed their services with safety for victims in mind. A formal review process for safety and responsiveness to survivors conducted on an annual basis, can help disability organizations identify their strengths and areas for improvement.
Resources You Can Use
- Haywood County Accessibility and Safety Audit Tool. The H.O.P.E. collaboration of Haywood County, NC created this tool to assess disability and domestic violence organizations’ accessibility, safety, and ability to provide a welcoming environment to survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors.
- Northern Utah Safety Assessment Tool. This tool was developed by the Northern Utah Choices Out of Violence collaboration to assess the safety of staff and clients/consumers/survivors in various settings frequented by survivors with disabilities, including offices, shelters, group homes, during transport, and home visits.
- Safety First Initiative Accessibility and Responsiveness Tool. Developed by the Safety First Initiative in Kansas City, MO, this tool and the accompanying scoring instrument assess organizational capacity to serve survivors with disabilities. Designed for victim service and disability organizations, the tool asks questions about trauma-informed practices, staff knowledge, and resources, among others.