Bridge To Safety
Unfortunately, people with disabilities are at higher risk of experiencing abuse and/or assault than the rest of the population. To combat this, Able SC has formed a partnership with Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands and YWCA of the Upper Lowlands.
This project, funded through the US Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, seeks to create permanent changes within all three organizations that result in accessible, safe, and effective services for people with disabilities who have been impacted by interpersonal violence.
Photo courtesy of Disabled and Here
Together, representatives from all three organizations share their expertise and knowledge with each other to remove barriers and implement solutions so that people with disabilities who have experienced interpersonal violence have access to the appropriate services to heal.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-FW-AX-K001 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
The Us Too program is a partnership with Richland County that has allowed us to create resources to help identify and prevent violence and abuse in the disability community. These resources are free to use and are linked below! This year, the Us Too Program is focused on training, education, and outreach for organizations that work with people with disabilities and provide sexual assault, domestic violence, or crisis intervention services. If your organization is interested, we can provide specialized training on many topics around disability. Some of our training topics include:
- Communication - appropriate methods for communicating with people with disabilities
- Myths and Misunderstandings - debunking myths around people with disabilities and sexuality
- Boundaries - healthy and safe boundaries for relationships
- Gender Stereotypes - debunking stereotypes and assumptions around gender and sexual orientation
- Stalking/Harassments - understanding the warning signs, and what to do if you witness these
- Relationships - recognizing the vast array of relationships that exist and respecting all of them
- Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence - approaching these situations with a diverse range of individualized responses
- Disability Sensitivity - general information about disability, respecting the person, and disability rights
If your organization is in Richland County, we can provide free trainings through Us Too funding. If you are outside Richland County, we can provide trainings for a small fee-for-service. Please reach out if you are interested or have any questions!
For training or information requests about the Us Too program, please email email@example.com or call 803-779-5121.
Through funding from Richland County government, we have created accessible outreach tools on disability and domestic violence.
View, download, and share:
- Preventing Violence Against People with Disabilities through Education and Empowerment
- Connect to Safety: Ending Violence and Abuse for People with Disabilities (brochure for service providers)
- Ending Violence and Abuse of People with Disabilities (plain language brochure for people with disabilities)
- See Something, Do Something: Prevent Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence