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Provide Staff with Protocols, Resources, and Other Tools

Often, disclosures of abuse can create a sense of crisis among staff. Concrete resources and written protocols can better enable staff to effectively and confidently respond to disclosures. Written materials also help to institutionalize practice and knowledge.

Resources You Can Use

  • Hamilton County Screening Protocol. Project CARE in Hamilton County, OH created this protocol to help disability organizations screen for abuse. It includes safety guidelines for screening and questions related to physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual assault, and financial exploitation.
  • Safety Plan for People with Cognitive and Sensory Disabilities. This safety plan, developed by Project CARE, was designed to be used by or with people with cognitive and sensory disabilities. It uses simplified language and images to augment the text. The collaboration also created an accompanying checklist of things to take when leaving home.
  • Safety Plan for People with Physical Disabilities. This safety plan, created by Project CARE, includes considerations for people with physical disabilities, and uses images to augment the text. The collaboration also created an accompanying checklist of things to take when leaving home.
  • DC Power and Control Wheels. Project Peer in Washington, DC created plain language and picture versions of the Power and Control Wheel,┬ádeveloped by and for women with developmental disabilities and mental health issues.
  • WSCADV Model Protocol: Safety Planning for Domestic Violence Victims with Disabilities. Developed by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, this resource builds on existing safety planning knowledge providing sample safety planning questions that will help advocates build trust with a survivor and gain a detailed understanding of the ways an abuser can use disability against a survivor.