Victim Advocates

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The Accessing Safety Initiative

The Accessing Safety Initiative was established in 2005 by the Vera Institute of Justice and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to provide technical assistance and training to help organizations and communities meet the needs of women with disabilities and Deaf women who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. They serve as the comprehensive technical assistance provider to organizations that are recipients of OVW’s Education and Technical Assistance Grants to End Violence against Women with Disabilities Program.

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The Coalition Against Sexual Abuse of Children with Disabilities (CASACD)

The Coalition Against Sexual Abuse of Children with Disabilities (CASACD) located in Chicago, IL aims to influence thoughtful and inclusive decisions that affect the systemic responses to cases of sexual abuse involving children with disabilities, promote primary prevention strategies and explore ways to exact policy change. Led by Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, 23 core partners represent social service, prevention, law enforcement, medical, advocacy and mental health disciplines. Their mission is to educate and train caregivers, investigative team members, treatment providers, and community members of the sexual abuse risks to children with disabilities, the signs of sexual abuse, and the necessary steps of prevention. And to facilitate an informed network of collaboration in investigating sexual abuse allegations, and treating children with disabilities who have been sexually abused. For more information, contact Meg O’Rourke, manager of strategic initiatives: (312) 492-3750 or MORourke@ChicagoCAC.org.

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Crime Victims First

Crime Victims First (CV1) is a nonprofit crime victims’ rights education, advocacy, and enforcement organization. CV1 is the first Crime Victims’ Rights Resource Center and Legal Clinic in Texas. CV1 is working hard to increase awareness about crime victims’ rights, services, and programs to ensure that crime victims are informed of their rights, afforded their rights, and have access to support and assistance to prevent rights violations. CV1 offers education services, victim services, and legal services to anyone affected by criminal victimization. CV1 uses our website to provide information, resources, and services.

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Illinois Imagines

Illinois Imagines is a statewide project to improve services to women with disabilities who have been victims of sexual violence. The project is directed by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois rape crisis centers, disability service agencies and self-advocates. Collaborative teams have been established in 30 communities across the state.

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Fearless Nation PTSD Support

Fearless Nation PTSD Support provides education, support, and advocacy for people with psychological trauma.

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Meeting the Needs of Underserved Victims (video)

This 13-minute video offers insights into the challenges encountered by underserved victims in accessing justice system and helping service providers provide comprehensive victims services. The video focuses on five underserved, including victims with disabilities.

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Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims with Disabilities

This 72-minute training DVD from Office for Victims of Crime demonstrates effective techniques for first responders who have been called to the scene of a crime in which the victim has a disability. It not only provides guidelines for interacting with adult and adolescent victims of crime who have communication and/or intellectual disabilities, but also helps law enforcement personnel gain a deeper understanding of the lives, personal attributes, and abilities of individuals with disabilities. A trainer’s guide accompanies this video.

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National Crime Victim Law Institute

The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) is a nonprofit legal education and advocacy organization whose mission is to actively promote balance and fairness in the justice system through crime victim centered legal advocacy, education, and resource sharing.

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Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs in New York has primary responsibility for tracking, investigating and pursuing serious abuse and neglect complaints for facilities and provider agencies that are operated, certified, or licensed by the following six agencies: The Department of Health (DOH), the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), and the State Education Department (SED).

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Serving Crime Victims with Disabilities (DVD)

This DVD (scroll down to Victims with Disabilities) from Office for Victims of Crime presents two award-winning videos, “Meet Us Where We Are” and “The Time Is Now.” The Time is Now helps crime victim advocates reach out and serve people with disabilities. Meet Us Where We Are presents first person accounts of how crime affects people with disabilities, educates disability service providers and people with disabilities about crime victims’ rights and resources.

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

This curriculum provides comprehensive information, handouts and activities for workshops or presentations about abuse against people with disabilities, increasing access to domestic and sexual violence services and promoting collaborations between disability service providers and domestic violence and rape crisis centers. The content is designed for a variety of audiences, including domestic violence and sexual assault agencies, disability service providers and people with disabilities.

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Supporting Crime Victims with Disabilities (training)

This 3-day instructor-led face to face training is designed for victim service providers, advocates for people with disabilities, self-advocates, and allied professionals. Using case studies and small group discussions, participants will examine the prevalence of crime against people with disabilities, perceptions of the criminal justice system, tenets of the disabilities movement, and the impact of disabilities on daily life. Through collaborative activities participants will identify ways the various agencies, organizations, and systems can work together to better serve crime victims with disabilities.

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West Virginia S.A.F.E. Training and Collaboration Toolkit: Serving Sexual Violence Victims with Disabilities

http://www.fris.org/Resources/ToolkitDisabilities.html 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.

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