Policies and Best Practices to Screen Survivors with Disabilities for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking

06/24/2014 - 2:00pm
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The Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute of Justice

The Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute of Justice is pleased to announce the Bridging the Gap Webinar Series, a webinar series on sexual assault and domestic violence against people with disabilities and Deaf individuals.The Bridging the Gap Webinar Series will explore emerging and enduring issues at the intersection of violence and disability; highlight promising practices for serving survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors; and foster a network of support to end violence against people with disabilities.This webinar series is designed for practitioners and policymakers interested in addressing sexual and domestic violence against people with disabilities and Deaf individuals. This webinar series is open to any recipient of U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women funding, their subcontractors and partners, as well as organizations interested in becoming a recipient.Each webinar in this series is FREE, but does require registration for each individual webinar. If you have additional questions, you may email us or call us at 212.376.3096.Project CARE (Community, Accessibility, Responsiveness, Education) is a collaboration of two disability service provider and four victim-service provider partner agencies located in Hamilton County Ohio.  Project CARE is united by the vision that women with disabilities who are victims and survivors of violence are empowered to access services that are welcoming, comprehensive, and pose no barriers.  CARE was first funded in 2007 and received continuation funding in 2011.  This Webinar will review importance of screening as research reveals that when individuals are screened for abuse, they are 4 X more likely to use an intervention and 2.6 X more likely to exit the abusive relationship.  As disability service providers typically do not have formal policies and practices to screen for types of interpersonal violence, it is important for your Collaborations to recognize the need to create and implement a Screening Initiative to enable disability-agency sites of change to use best practice to comfortably and professionally screen for signs of domestic violence, stalking, sexual/physical assault, and financial/emotional abuse, prior to the need to develop a safety plan for survivors with disabilities.  This webinar will explore the ground-breaking work of how to:• Develop a screening assessment protocol to assist disability service professionals and violence prevention agencies;• Involve self-advocates with disabilities to ensure the needs of survivors with disabilities are met;• Address confidentiality and mandatory reporting requirements; and,• Provide helpful guidelines to put the issue in context that normalizes the screening process.

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