Advocacy For Special Populations
Special Populations & Domestic Violence
For the elderly and persons with physical or mental disabilities, the risk for domestic violence is much greater. For these special populations with physical and/or mental disabilities it can be much harder to leave an abuser because of their disability and reliance on an abusive person. At Genesis House our Special Populations Advocate works to ensure that Domestic Violence victims of advanced age and people with disabilities get the specialized help and support they need as they go through the process of breaking free from an abuser.
Red Flags Of An Abusive Person For Special Populations
Abuse Later In Life Power & Control Wheel
Trauma & People with Disabilities
Safety Planning Guide For People With Disabilities
Guide to Responding to Suspected Abuse of People With Disabilities
Resources For Crime Victims With Disabilities
Special Populations Power & Control Wheels
Did You Know?
People with disabilities have a higher lifetime prevalence of experiencing abuse than people without disabilities.
People with disabilities experience violent crime at twice the rate of people without disabilities.
People with disabilities are three times as likely to be sexually assaulted as their peers without disabilities.
In 2008, intimate partners perpetrated 27% of violent crime against women with disabilities and 1.1% of crime against men with disabilities.
Police are less likely to respond to reported violence against victims with disabilities than they are to reported violence against victims without disabilities. Police respond to 90% of reports by victims without disabilities and 77% of reports by victims with disabilities.