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Domestic Violence: Population-Specific Approaches

In an effort to respond to the diverse experiences of victims and survivors of domestic violence, services must be individualized to meet the unique needs of each population and/or community. The resources included here present a starting point for considering the various issues that impact the lives of victims and survivors in specific populations.

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April 2014
Gaining Ground, Breaking Through provides insight into the experiences of underrepresented populations within all levels of anti-violence organizations. The report also featuresthe Pyramidic Career Ladder, a specialized graphic illustrating the challenges that some from underrepresented populations experience as they advance within their programs.
Authors: C. Nicole Mason
Summer 2013
This Q and A provides information for working with Deaf survivors of domestic and sexual violence, including offering practical tips for advocates in building trust and collaboration with the Deaf community.
Authors: New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
This handout provides background information on brain injury, assistance with identifying existing injuries, and details to provide appropriate help for victims of domestic violence who have sustained brain injuries.
Authors: Sue Parry and Judith Avner
This handout provides information for victims of domestic violence to protect themselves from further injury and allow brain injuries to heal.
Authors: Sue Parry and Judith Avner
This handout provides guidelines for assisting victims of domestic violence who have sustained brain injuries while they are staying in a shelter.
Authors: Sue Parry and Judith Avner
December 2011
This guidebook focuses on the impact of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of trauma on people with disabilities. It describes four conditions for a trauma-informed organization and provides tips on trauma-informed practices, creating organizational change, and providing universal safeguards.
Authors: Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
December 2011
This tip sheet gives practical recommendations for domestic violence advocates working with survivors who are experiencing psychiatric disabilities.
Authors: National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health
April 2011
Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Victimization and Safety has created a roadmap for bringing together agencies at the intersection of violence and disability so that they can create a new and effective approach to safety, healing, and accessibility to services for their clients.
Authors: Nancy Smith and Sandra Harrell
March 2011
This article discusses the intersections of gender, violence, and disability and presents strategies to increase physical and programmatic access to victims’ services for women with disabilities.
Authors: Lisa McClain
December 2010
This report presents findings about nonfatal violent and property crime experienced in 2008 by persons with disabilities, based on the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
Authors: Erika Harrell and Michael Rand