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Feature Issue on Violence Against Women with Developmental or Other Disabilities

Published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota • Volume 13 • Number 3 • Fall 2000

From the Editors

A major civil rights, quality of life, and health issue for women with developmental and other disabilities is the presence of violence in their lives. Women with disabilities experience the highest rate of personal violence – violence at the hands of spouses, partners, boyfriends, family members, caregivers, and strangers – of any group in our society today. Yet, they are often invisible in the crime statistics, frequently find community services such as domestic and sexual violence programs inadequately prepared to fully understand and meet their needs, face disability service systems that don’t clearly see and effectively respond to the violence, and are all too commonly devalued and unsupported because of societal prejudice.

In this issue of Impact we examine violence as it impacts women with developmental and other disabilities – what we know, what we don’t know, and what needs to be done to prevent it and to help women recover from it. We offer strategies and ideas for bringing together disability service providers, sexual and domestic violence programs, law enforcement and the justice system, policymakers, researchers, and women with disabilities – presenting these articles in the hope that this epidemic will soon end.

What’s Inside

Overview Articles

"You're My Pretty Bird in a Cage": Disability, Domestic Violence, and Survival

Faces of Violence Against Women with Developmental Disabilities

Violence Against Women with Disabilities: Policy Implications of What We Don't Know

The Violence Against Women Act 2000: Strengthening Supports to Women with Disabilities (sidebar)

Breaking the Power of Discrimination / Sidebar: Emotional Abuse of Women with Disabilities

Emotional Abuse of Women with Disabilities (sidebar)

More Common Than We Think: Recognizing and Responding to Signs of Violence

Making Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Services Accessible

Serving Women with Developmental Disabilities: Strategies for the Justice System

Homophobia as Violence

Program Profiles

Understanding Caregiver Abuse as Domestic Violence: Systemic Change in Wisconsin

Promoting Violence-Free Relationships: Disability Services ASAP

Supporting Deaf Women in Seattle: Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services

Disability Education for Law Enforcement: Back to Life's Infusion Approach

The Struggle for Equal Justice: California Victims of Crime Committee

Collaborating to Serve Crime Victims in Denver: Victim Services 2000

Power and Control Wheel: A Tool for Recognizing Abusive Behavior

Resources

Violence and Women with Disabilities: Web Sites & Additional Resources

Publication Information

Managing Editor: Vicki Gaylord

Issue Editors:

Wendie H. Abramson SafePlace Austin, Texas

Ellie J. Emanuel Institute on Community Integration University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Mary Hayden Institute on Community Integration University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Impact is published quarterly by the Institute on Community Integration (University Affiliated Program), and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. This issue was supported, in part, by Grant #90DD0506/01 from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, US Department of Health and Human Services; and Grant #H133B980047 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, US Department of Education.

The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute, College, University, or their funding sources. For additional information contact:

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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu). Citation: Abramson, W., Emanuel, E., Gaylord, V., & Hayden, M. (Eds.). (2000). Impact: Feature Issue on Violence Against Women with Developmental or Other Disabilities, 13(3) [online]. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration. Available at http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/133/.

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