People with disabilities are four to ten times more likely to experience violence and abuse than people without disabilities.* This is the one book that empowers everyone—professionals, families, and self-advocates alike—to solve and prevent this widespread problem.
In clear and straightforward language, abuse prevention educator Nancy Fitzsimons calls readers to action and gives them the no-nonsense guidance they need to stop violence and abuse before they start. Readers will discover how to
help people with a wide range of disabilities learn concrete ways to arm themselves against violence and abuse
identify situations that might make a person vulnerable to violence or abuse
skillfully recognize the indicators of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, psychological abuse, and financial exploitation
take appropriate action if they suspect or know someone is being abused
tear down the personal, societal, and organizational barriers that perpetuate violence and abuse
make the most of supportive services and systems, including victim assistance programs, the criminal justice system, and advocacy services
conduct effective training sessions that empower and educate people with disabilities about prevention of violence and abuse (includes lessons learned from a model program, the Advocacy and Empowerment Project)
Throughout this practical guide, thought-provoking anecdotes, exercises, and "Ask Yourself" questions help readers relate key concepts to their own lives, examine their beliefs and assumptions about disability and abuse, and expand their knowledge of how to take action. An eye-opening sourcebook for professionals and a must-share with anyone who has a disability, this book is the key to helping people with disabilities fight violence and abuse—and take charge of their bodies and lives.
*Petersilia, J.R. (2001) Criminal Justice and BehaviorHelp people with disabilities prevent violence and abuse by
projecting self-confidence and assertiveness
forming healthy, respectful interpersonal and intimate relationships
developing practical safety skills
hiring and managing a personal assistant