Talk about Sexual Violence addresses the widespread, and often unrecognized, sexual violence of women with I/DD. The resource links below provide health care professionals with greater awareness of the prevalence of sexual violence, and effective communication strategies.

The resources are divided into four categories. Click on the title and the link will take you directly to the website.

Hotlines and Resources for Crime Victims
Professional Reporting Responsibilities
Patient-Centered Communication
Sexual Violence and Abuse Prevention


Hotlines and Resources for Crime Victims

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)

RAINN is the largest anti-sexual violence organization which provides a national sexual assault hotline.

Victim Connect Resource Center
1-855-4-VICTIM (1-855-484-2846) 

Referral helpline where crime victims can learn about their rights and options confidentially and compassionately.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Provides tools and support that enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Information provided in more than 20 languages.

California Victims of Crime Resource Center

Provides a confidential information line statewide for victims, their families, service providers, and advocates in California.

Crime Victim Compensation Program Initiative
Every state has a crime victim compensation program with funds available to help crime victims recover from financial losses resulting from their victimization.

Reporting to Police: A Guide for Victims of Sexual Abuse
Where and how a crime victim can report abuse (not specific to people with disabilities).


Professional Reporting Responsibilities

Most states have mandatory reporting laws for health care professionals which require reporting of specified injuries and suspected abuse. The laws vary from state-to-state, so it’s important to learn your state’s requirements.  

RAINN: Mandatory Reporting Requirements (CA)
Information on reporting requirements for all states.

California’s Domestic Violence & Mandatory Reporting Law: Requirements for Health Care Practitioners
Includes common questions and answers on mandatory reporting requirements.

Reporting Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse: It is YOUR Duty!
California’s Protection & Advocacy System information on mandatory reporting.

Compendium of State Statutes and Policies on Domestic Violence and health care (2013)
Provides at-a-glance summary of state and U.S. territory laws, regulations and other activities relevant to addressing domestic violence in health care settings.


Patient-Centered Communication

As observed in the “Talk About Sexual Violence” videos, patient-centered communication is key to setting the right tone and enabling a safe interaction.

Interviewing Victims of Sexual Assault as Part of Sex Offender Management
From the Center for Sex Offender Management, this publication explainsthe role of the victim and victim advocate in interviewing victims.

U.S. Dept. of Justice Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crimes
This publication provides techniques for interviewing victims with communication and/or cognitive disabilities.

Teach Back Resources

The Teach Back method confirms whether a patient (or caretaker) understands what is explained to them. If a patient understands, he or she can "teach-back" and describe the information accurately. Not only does this method help providers understand a patient’s need for understanding their care, it also allows providers to evaluate their communication skills. 

Many Americans Have Poor Health
Illustrates one of the most pervasive problems in medicine: Americans' alarmingly low levels of health literacy and their ability to obtain, understand and use health information.

The Teach-Back Method
Provides in-depth information about the “Teach-Back Method,” a way to confirm that you have explained to the patient what they need to know in a way that the patient understands.

Teach Back Training
Helps health care providers learn to use teach-back to support patients and families throughout the care continuum.

Always Use Teach Back
Tools to confirm patient understanding of care instructions by asking patients to repeat the instructions using their own words. 

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Resources

AAC includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) used for expression. It includes our facial expressions or gestures, use of symbols or pictures, and writing. People with severe speech or language difficulties rely on AAC to supplement existing speech or replace altogether. 

What is AAC and what are types of AAC systems, devices, and aides?
Answers to questions about Augmentative and alternative communication.

AAC Institute
Resources enhancing communication of people who rely on AAC through service delivery, research, activity organization, information dissemination, and education.


Sexual Violence and Abuse Prevention

Change doesn’t start with policymakers and government officials. It is brought about when individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, their allies, healthcare providers and caregivers speak up to reduce the risk of abuse, to promote healing for victims, and to seek justice for those who have been victimized. These materials can help promote needed change.

Violence, Abuse and Bullying Affecting People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: A Call to Action for the Criminal Justice Community
This paper from NCCJD issues a call to criminal justice professionals to proactively identify, engage and support crime victims with disabilities.

Promising Practices in Serving Crime Victims with Disabilities
Created to improve local response to crime victims with disabilities, this bulletin provides a snapshot of promising practices, while the companion toolkit provides more in-depth strategies and activities.

Vera Institute of Justice: How Safe are Americans with Disabilities?
Publication that includes facts about violent crime of people with disabilities and their implications.

Spectrum Institute: Disability & Abuse Project
Disseminates information on how to reduce the risk of abuse, to promote healing for victims, and to seek justice for those who have been victimized.

Sexual Abuse of People with I/DD a Global Scandal
Information on extent of abuse and how to engage in prevention.        

Crime Against Persons With Disabilities, 2009-2014
Statistics from the U.S. federal government about the rate of abuse among people with disabilities.

Recognition of a Pattern, Call for a Response
The “Rule Out Abuse Campaign” for physicians encourages health care providers to better identify potential abuse among patients with disabilities.

Victimization of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury or Other Disabilities
CDC Fact Sheet for health care professionals about victimization as a serious and preventable public health problem.