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Raise Awareness

With twenty percent of America’s population experiencing violent victimization at rates three times higher than the rest of the population, why are so many organizations unprepared to serve people with disabilities who have experienced violence? One reason is that there is an overarching lack of awareness about this problem among policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders in the fields of disability, criminal justice, and victim services. Understanding the magnitude of this problem and the barriers survivors with disabilities face to safety and healing is essential for organizations and systems within these fields to take implement solutions to overcoming those barriers. Across the country, practitioners in the disability and victim services fields are using an array of strategies to successfully raise awareness about abuse of people with disabilities and the needs of these survivors.

Steps You Can Take

  1. Gather the facts.
  2. Tailor your message.
  3. Leverage existing events and forums.
  4. Create new opportunities.
  5. Get involved.