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  • Emphasize:*Not all people with disabilities are the sameDang ass and SP needs to be individualized to the person and must take into account disability, gender, language and cultural needs
  • -separation assault-physical includes sexual assault and hitting, slapping etc –refer back to dis specific abusePsych = emotional, name calling, crazy making, encourage substance abuse,blaming them for their own disabilityChild = actual abuse, insulting parenting, threatening to take them or CPS take themFinancial – refer back to unemployment rate and lack of accessible housing, possible homelessness, refer back to rep payeeF & F – loss of support/possible physical threats to those that helpLoss of r – even more complicated if perpetrator is caregiver – example of person w/ID and this person drives them to the store/ physical and adl’s
  • Home location – accessible housing, access to public transportation, crime rates, Phy and mh – does she need help with adl’s?how will she pay for medical needs?Discrimination – to disclose or not to disclose?
  • 1. Need for privacy, quiet, lessen distractions, lightingGIVE OUT P & Control wheels now
  • . 1. especially with Deaf/HOH
  • Use a calendar to help them see the patterns/severity of abuse
  • Use of code word or signal to neighbors and children
  • 1. Especially people with ID/dd. Advocate role is to help them understand warning signs2. Important to tell them to listen to their feelings
  • prosthetics, bathing supplies or urological supplies can be used to abuseThere may be people who would want to help but who cannot provide an accessible, safe escape.Use tips for pg 22 of KC plan2. Important to tell them to listen to their feelings
  • Transportation – help them get signed up for access link or county transportation if not on it, advise them to schedule the ride to somewhere that is typical so they don’t arouse suspicion.
  • Share Safe Place Checklist
  • 1 – PASP or medicaid home health2 - technology loan center, voc rehab, blind/deaf divisions
  • Remind them that it does not guarantee safetyBasically same rules apply/ disability or notIf person is blind consider scanning it for them
  • Electronic copy may be easier for Deaf survivor and can be emailed to a new, confidential email or if blind may be able to be read into a tape recorder or mp3
  • Electronic copy may be easier for Deaf survivor and can be emailed to a new, confidential email or if blind may be able to be read into a tape recorder or mp3
  • Survivor knows her needs best – see the sp process as a collaboration
  • Other agencies – if you are VS agency, the pwd may have a relationship with disability service providers who could help make the plan
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    • 1. Safety Planning withIndividuals with DisabilitiesSara Zesski – New Jersey Coalition for BatteredWomenErica Olsen, M.S.W. – The National Network to EndDomestic Violence
    • 2. Topics for Today Risks to Leaving Risk Assessment Safety Plan Elements
    • 3. Key Terms Safety planning is the process of supporting a survivor to identify resources and precautions that will help him or her avoid revictimization. Danger assessment is the process of gathering information to determine level of danger. Disability is a product of an interaction between characteristics (e.g., conditions or impairments, functional status, or personal and social qualities) of the individual and characteristics of the natural, built, cultural, and social environments.
    • 4. Safety PlanningGuideline should: ◦ Consider environment and social barriers ◦ Support and encourage self determination ◦ Consider the diversity of the person’s needs ◦ Be developed together with the survivor ◦ Prioritize safety, needs and wants
    • 5. Abuser-Generated Risks toLeaving Physical Injury Psychological Harm Child-Related Risks Financial Risks Risk to Family and Friends Loss of Relationship Risk Involving Arrest or Legal Status
    • 6. Life-Generated Risks toLeaving Financial Home Location Physical and Mental Health Discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation
    • 7. Risk/Danger Assessment Create a safe place Don’t make about assumptions their disability Start with the survivor’s questions and concerns Validate what the person is saying Use simple concrete language and avoid jargon
    • 8. Risk/Danger Assessment Don’t pretend to understand if you don’t Ask about abuser and life generated risks Survivor is the ‘expert’ of perpetrator’s behavior and their own needs
    • 9. Risk/Danger Assessment Understand that there may be other things on their mind besides the abuse Talk to them about what makes them feel safe and unsafe Ask about where and when abuse occurs Remember that they have experienced trauma and may not ‘react’ to things the way you expect
    • 10. Preparing for Safety Planning Have they had a safety plan before? What worked? What didn’t? Is their disability status the same or different from last time?
    • 11. Important Considerations Medications Service Providers Transportation Communication Finances Assistive devices Service Animal Maintaining safety
    • 12. Living with the Abuser Living in a Group Setting Do you feel unsafe at  Where does the abuse home? occur? Are other people Do you have children? in the home at that time? Do you have a plan with  What can you do to avoid them to stay safe? being alone with the Does the abuser meet abuser? any of your daily needs  Which people in the (i.e. bathing, toileting)? house do you trust? Staff? Fellow residents? Safety at Home
    • 13. Standard Safety Planning Disability Concerns What are the warning  Survivor may not pick up signs that abuse may on social cues depending occur? on the disability.  S/he may not trust their What happens when you own instincts due to are scared? compliance issues.  Include not only the layout of the home, exits Where does the abuse and open areas but occur? which areas are accessible or not. During a Violent Incident
    • 14. Standard Safety Planning Disability Concerns What knives, guns or other things  This issue can be much can be used to hurt you? Where broader, especially if person are they? depends on perpetrator for personal care. Who is your network of support?  Discuss friends, family, neighbors, other service providers and the reality of being able to help in an How would you let them know emergency. you needed help?  Consider a person’s mobility and communication devices, how will they get help without them? During a Violent Incident
    • 15. Standard Safety Planning Disability Concerns Are you thinking about  Transportation can be leaving? What do you complex and often takes think will happen if you pre-scheduling. leave?  Can the place they want to go accommodate their Where are you planning disability needs? to go?  Stress importance of having those supports. Who are the people that you trust to help you? Getting Ready to Leave
    • 16. Standard Safety Planning Disability Concerns Do you have your own  If the abuser is the bank account? If not, set representative one up. payee, contact Social If they receive benefits – Security Administration to do you know how much change it. your benefits are? Do you have an award  If abuser is primary letter? caregiver, consider a time that may be safe for someone else to help Prepare items you need to take with you when him/her pack belongings you leave. and hold them. Getting Ready to Leave
    • 17. GETTING READY TOLEAVEDisability Concerns Is your abuser your caregiver? Explore alternative options to getting your needs met. What kind of assistive technology do you use? What are the must haves? Where can you get replacements or loans if you have to leave with it? What types of medications do you take and how much? Can these be left with someone else? Do you know where you can get refills?
    • 18. Standard Safety Planning Disability Concerns Do you go to work or  Discuss how they get to school? and from job/school. Does the abuser know  Explore possibilities of where these are? changing work/school Are there times when locations. you are alone on the job/school?  Talk with supervisors about changing Decide who you will inform of your situation. schedules or job duties. Devise a plan for arriving  Consider accessibility of and leaving a building. the entrances or exits. Safety on at Job/School
    • 19. Safety with a Protective Order Do you have a restraining order or are you thinking of getting one? Who knows that you have one? Consider who should get a copy of it. Make a plan for what to do if abuser does not obey the order. Keep it with you at all times!
    • 20. Concluding the Safety PlanningProcess Ask the survivor if he/she has any further concerns or questions Review the key points of the plan Discuss the need and safety factors of taking a written or electronic copy of the plan
    • 21. Concluding the Safety PlanningProcess Discuss items that require follow up by either the survivor or you Consider discussing possible scenarios and what they would do in that situation
    • 22. Tips for Advocates When Supporting anIndividual with a Disability Ask the survivor about specific physical and attitudinal barriers they face Present materials in a clear, concise manner Be aware of your own assumptions about the survivor’s ability and disability Allow extra time to understand complicated choices
    • 23. Tips for Advocates When Supporting anIndividual with a Disability Use opened questions to gather more information Confirm with the survivor that they understand the plan Listen to the survivor’s ideas about risks and resources Consider involving other agencies in the process if safe and confidential
    • 24. References Joanne Berman, Eileen Dombo, Roy Froemming, Dianne Greenley, Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Leslie Myers and Christine White. Widening the Circle: Sexual Assault/Abuse and People with Disabilities and the Elderly. Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Fall 1998. Carrie Frasier, Linda Mintzer, Cindi Black, Mary Ann Gainey and Linda Spies. Open Minds, Open Doors. Denver, Colorado: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Denver, Colorado: Domestic Violence Initiative for Women with Disabilities, 1996. Jill Davies, Eleanor Lyon and Diane Monti-Catania. Safety Planning with Battered Women. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, 1998. Volunteers of Finex House. Escape: A Handbook for Battered Women with Disabilities. Jamaica Plan, Massachusetts: Finex House. Serving Crime Victims with Disabilities. DVD. Office for Victims of Crime, 2009. Domestic Violence Danger Assessment and Safety Planning – An Interactive Training DVD. DVD. Emerge Counseling and Education to Stop Domestic Violence. Hughes, Celia. Stop the Violence, Break the Silence (a training guide). Austin, Texas: Safe Place, 2003.
    • 25. Helpful Websites Baylor College of Medicine - Washinton State Coalition Againt Domestic Violence – Accessing Safety – _Safety_Planning.pdf Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence - lity.pdf Strengthen Our Sisters -
    • 26. Thank You