PCADV works to end abuse against people who live with disabilities because we know that these survivors are at a higher risk for partner and family abuse than able-bodied people. We work with local Pennsylvania domestic violence programs to help survivors with disabilities get shelter, counseling, and other resources.
Like many people who are abused, people with disabilities often know who their abusers are: family members, caregivers, and other people who are close to them. Abusers know that the survivor may depend on them for care and might:
- Take away the survivor’s device they use to help them speak.
- Not bathe, feed, or take a survivor to doctors’ appointments.
- Hide the survivor’s medications.
- Tell the survivor that they will not be believed because they have a mental illness.
- Threaten to or hurt the survivor’s therapy or service animals.
Online Course — Restricted Access Survivors with Disabilities: A 3-Part Course
PCADV’s online learning course for advocates explains how they can work with survivors with disabilities to create safety. It includes basic information on people with disabilities, a summary about federal and state laws and some ways to improve services to these survivors.
Exclusive to affiliates of PCADV member programs.
- End Abuse of People with Disabilities and their guides
- How to Serve Survivors with Disabilities in Residential Domestic Violence Programs
- How to Serve Survivors with Disabilities in Non-Residential Domestic Violence Programs
- How to Serve Survivors with Disabilities in Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Agencies
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline
- National Information About Domestic Violence & People With Disabilities
- Supporting Survivors with Disabilities: When Your Abusive Partner is Also Your Caregiver
- Domestic Violence and People with Disabilities: What to Know, Why it Matters, and How to Help