While anyone can be affected by abuse, people with disabilities can be up to three times more likely to experience abuse than people without disabilities. In this section, information about power and control, red flags of abuse in PWD, and the unique challenges and barriers to accessing support for people with disabilities will be discussed. Appeals to any health care provider working primarily with vulnerable populations.

Online Resources, Webinars, Training Modules

Responding to Abuse Against Women with Disabilities – Report published by The Center for Research on Women with Disabilities.

Collaborating to Address Trafficked Survivors with Disabilities – Webinar from Futures Without Violence, addresses strategies for collaboration between and among domestic violence and sexual assault service providers, legal service providers, and disability rights organizations to support survivors of human trafficking with disabilities.

Evidence-Based Research

Hotlines/Helplines & Community Programs

General Resources

S. Preventive Services Task Force – Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Intimate Partner Violence – The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force makes recommendations about the effectiveness of specific clinical preventive services without related signs or symptoms. This resource reviews clinical considerations (such as patient population), research needs and gaps, and more.

Compendium of State and U.S. Territory Statutes and Policies on Domestic Violence and Health Care – Produced by Futures Without Violence

The Ohio Domestic Violence Protocol for Health Care Providers: Standards of Care (See Documentation, Screening, Interview & Flowchart)

Voices of Survivors DVD – Addresses the dynamics of domestic violence and the need for providers to routinely assess patients for abuse. Offers step-by-step instructions on how to assess, intervene, address patient safety, and provide referrals.

Business Case for Domestic Violence Programs in Health Care Settings –Allows health care providers and administrators to make the business case for instituting a healthcare-based domestic violence program and the resulting cost-savings.