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Leverage Existing Forums

There are a number of existing events and forums that can be used to raise awareness about abuse of people with disabilities. You can work with organizers of these events to integrate abuse of people with disabilities into the agenda and programming.

Awareness Month Events

Building on existing awareness months, such as Sexual Assault Awareness month in April and Disability Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness month in October, offers opportunities to explore the unique ways these issues impact people with disabilities. For instance, if a community already has a “Silent Witness” display as part of its awareness events, it can add a figure that represents a person with a disability. Or, if sponsoring a “Clothesline Project,” communities can add grey t-shirts to represent abuse of people with disabilities.

Coordinated Community Response Teams

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Sexual Assault Response Teams

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