This Session Was Cancelled.
90 Minute Workshop
Exploring the Intersection of Domestic Violence, Disability and Trauma
Monday, March 26
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Salon 10
Barrier Free Living’s mission is to support individuals with disabilities to live dignified lives free of all forms of abuse and bias. In 2006, BFL opened the doors to Freedom House the first totally accessible crisis domestic violence shelter in the country. According to the American Psychological Association, “Women with disabilities have a 40 percent greater chance of intimate partner violence than women without disabilities”
We will begin with understanding how a person with a disability is affected by domestic violence including physical, emotional, financial, medical, sexual, and social violence. Next, we will discuss how the trauma of abuse affects a person’s decision around leaving the abusive relationship. Participates will discuss why people stay in the abusive relationship. Including how inaccessible service providers add to the trauma and barriers faced when a person with a disability is trying to access a domestic violence program.
Lastly, we cover strategies to overcome barriers including understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act and educating service providers about what it means to be accessible.
Various disability perspectives will be considered including but not limited to mental health, D/deaf/hard of hearing, visually impaired, and medical conditions.
- Define and recognize how a person with a disability is affected by domestic violence and the traumatic impacts it has on ones day to day activities,
- Explain the barriers people face when seeking safety from a domestic violence relationship
- Recall why a person with a disability stays in the abusive relationship
- Apply strategies to make your program or practice more accessible for domestic violence survivors