Disability and Abuse Survey
Abuse is a deeply concerning and widespread problem affecting individuals with disabilities around the world. Unfortunately, due to various barriers and stigma, the experiences and voices of these survivors often go unheard. To address this gap in knowledge and understanding, in partnership, we have embarked on a mission to update and refresh a survey originally conducted in 2012 by the ARC Of Riverside County and Dr. Nora Baladerian.
You can read about the 2012 survey here.
By collecting data from a diverse range of participants, we aim to gain a comprehensive understanding of the prevalence of sexual abuse among people with disabilities. This information will provide a foundation for further research, intervention, and policy development.
EXAMINING TYPES AND IMPACT
The survey will explore the various forms of sexual abuse experienced by individuals with disabilities, including but not limited to physical assault, coercion, harassment, and exploitation. We will also investigate the short-term and long-term consequences of such abuse on the survivors' physical, psychological, and social well-being.
IDENTIFYING SUPPORT NEEDS
Understanding the specific needs and challenges faced by survivors of sexual abuse with disabilities is essential for developing effective support systems. The survey will help identify gaps in existing services and inform the creation of accessible and inclusive resources to aid survivors in their healing journey.
COLLABORATION WITH EXPERTS
To ensure the survey's validity, reliability, and ethical integrity, we have collaborated with renowned experts in the field of abuse and disability. Dr. Allan Colbern from Arizona State University, Dr. Nora Baladerian of the Disability without Abuse Project, and Angela Kaufman, an ADA Consultant, have graciously offered their expertise and guidance throughout the project.
This work was completed through a collaborative effort by: