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Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities

Resource Directory for Service Providers


(See also Crime Victims with Disabilities)


Accessing Safety: Innovative Resources to Improve Services

Vera Institute of Justice
Accessing Safety Initiative helps organizations and communities meet the needs of women with disabilities and Deaf women who are victims or survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Web site includes guides for collaboration, needs assessments, and strategic planning; resources on disability and the Deaf culture; resources on accessibility; and information about understanding and responding to violence.

Balancing the Power—Creating a Crisis Center Accessible to People with Disabilities

SafePlace, $50
Step-by-step guide for domestic violence and sexual assault centers is designed to promote collaboration to provide accessible services to abuse survivors with disabilities. The guide includes an overview of various forms of disability, tips for working with people with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and changing protocols that pose barriers to service.
Visit SafePlace for more information or to order.

Beyond Labels—Working with Abuse Survivors with Mental Illness Symptoms or Substance Abuse Issues

SafePlace, $50
Manual providing practical information, tools, and resources for domestic violence and rape crisis center staff working with survivors of trauma with symptoms of mental illness and/or substance abuse/addiction.
Visit SafePlace for more information or to order.

Community Tool Box  

Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas (2012)
Extensive resource guide including a section on developing strategic and action plans to respond to women with disabilities who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse. 

FAQs about Serving Victims with Disabilities

SafePlace has posted answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about sexual assault, domestic violence and caregiver abuse against people with disabilities.

People with Intellectual Disabilities and Sexual Violence

The Arc (2009), 3 pages
Overview discussing why sexual violence is common among people with intellectual disabilities, risk factors, effects, available treatment, preventing sexual violence, and how to help a victim.

Prosecutor Sexual Assault Protocol: Resource Guide for Drafting or Revising Tribal Prosecutor Protocols on Responding to Sexual Assault

Tribal Law and Policy Institute and Southwest Center for Law and Policy (2008), 67 pages
Guide for tribal prosecution of sexual assault includes information on responding to tribal victims with disabilities.

Special Collection: Violence in the Lives of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Extensive resource collection includes:

  • a range of materials on Deaf culture, oppression, etiquette, accessibility in a victim service setting, training tools, and more;
  • an overview of best practices in using interpreters and working with Deaf victims/survivors of sexual assault or domestic violence; and 
  • links to organizations serving Deaf victims/survivors.


Stop the Violence, Break the Silence Training Guide and Resource Kit

SafePlace, $170
Curriculum and kit providing replicable models and tools to build prevention, education, and intervention programs for people with disabilities within a domestic violence, sexual assault, or disability service agency. Full training package includes 6-module training guide, resource kit, and closed caption video.
Visit SafePlace for more information or to order.

Understanding the Needs of the Victims of Sexual Assault in the Deaf Community

Council on Crime and Justice (2005), 115 pages, NCJ 212867
Study of the opinions of service providers for Deaf sexual assault victims and members of the Deaf community sought to identify service gaps and ways law enforcement agencies can be a more effective resource for Deaf victims.
for abstract or to order a copy.

WV S.A.F.E. Training and Collaboration Toolkit—Serving Sexual Violence Victims with Disabilities

West Virginia Sexual Assault Free Environment (2010), 329 pages
Toolkit including sections on collaboration, sexual violence, and disabilities, as well as tools to increase access. Tools relate to programmatic and policy accessibility, facility accessibility, intake practices review, and developing a transition plan. Each section includes a toolkit user’s guide.