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Accessibility: Ramps, ADA Bathrooms and a Whole Lot More!

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2009), 12 pages
Checklist to help domestic violence programs identify ways to increase access to services for survivors with a disability.
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Accessing Safety: Innovative Resources to Improve Services

Vera Institute of Justice
Website of the 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. 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.
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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. 
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Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association of Virginia, 2 pages
Tip card providing information on traumatic brain injury (TBI), one of the most unrecognized consequences of domestic violence. It includes facts about TBI, causes, signs and symptoms, and support services.
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Domestic Violence Services for Victims with Mental Illness

King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Coalition, in Washington State, is engaging in a partnership to improve services for victims with mental illness and strengthen collaboration between domestic violence advocates and mental health service providers. Website provides information about their project, including their needs assessment and strategic plan, and links to online training. The Coalition has also posted its project report, “Change is Possible: Successes, Lessons Learned, and Plans.”
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FAQs about Serving Victims with Disabilities

SafePlace
SafePlace has posted answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about sexual assault, domestic violence and caregiver abuse against people with disabilities.
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Heads UP! Poster to Help Identify Traumatic Brain Injury

New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, 1 page
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Increasing Agency Accessibility for People with Disabilities: Domestic Violence Agency Self-Assessment Guide 

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2004), 58 pages
Guide including a comprehensive list of program and facility issues to consider in making a domestic violence agency fully accessible to people with disabilities. Includes sections on increasing staff awareness, building accessibility, outreach, and more.
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Model Protocol on Service Animals in Domestic Violence Shelters

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2009), protocol 23 pages, Webinar 1 hour 54 minutes 
Document containing three sections: basic information about service animals and the people who use them; basic information about the laws that apply to domestic violence shelters and service animals; and suggested policies and procedures for domestic violence shelters regarding service animals. Webinar covers laws and provides strategies.
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Power and Control Wheel, and Respect Wheel

SafePlace
Adaptation of the domestic violence power and control wheel and equality wheel incorporates the intimate partner experiences of men and women with disabilities. These wheels can be used as a training tool.
PDF – Power and Control Wheel
PDF – Respect Wheel  

Serving Survivors of Domestic Violence Who Have a Disability

Equal Rights Center (2010), 24 pages
Toolkit designed to help domestic violence services become more accessible for victims with disabilities. The toolkit lists many examples of free accommodations that can easily be adopted to improve accessibility, and provides information on topics such as how to communicate with a person who has a disability and next steps to take to ensure a shelter or organization is accessible to clients with a disability.
Accessible version of toolkit
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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.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence

New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, 18 pages
Overview of the intersection of domestic violence and traumatic brain injury (TBI) provides information for brain injury service providers about screening for victimization and what to do if abuse is disclosed, and for domestic violence service providers about understanding and screening for TBI and tips for working with abused women with TBI.
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Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence

Northeast Center for Special Care
Web page including links to a podcast, PowerPoint presentations, fact sheets, and more.
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