Abuse Prevention

Imagine a World
Without Abuse


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The Arc's work to prevent abuse.


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People with disabilities are at far greater risk for abuse than people without disabilities and most abuse is unreported. The Arc Greater Twin Cities is working closely with the Ramsey County Sexual Assault Committee, Carver County Sexual Assault Interagency Committee and Hennepin County SMART team to make sure the needs of people with disabilities are served.

The resources below are a collection of research papers, articles and curriculum offered free of charge.

We salute the work of Judge Donovan Frank who writes eloquently about involement of people with disabilities in the courts and how abuse of people with disabilities has been under-reported and prosecuted.  Check this out!

In addition to the articles below, several resources are available to check out from The Arc Greater Twin Cities' library. Click here to view a list of the additional resources. The list also includes information about ordering the resources from their original sources.

Resources for Self-Advocates

Resources for Family, Friends, and Caregivers

Resources for Service Providers

Crime Victims Rights Information Guide

Research Surrounding Abuse and People with Disabilities

Abuse Prevention Curriculum



Resources for Self-Advocates

Guides for Self-Advocates

  • The Aurora Center. Violence Against Women with Disabilities Info Packet. University of Minnesota Office for Student Affairs.

    This information packet discusses definitions related to individuals with disabilities, myths and facts around disabilities, and different models for viewing disabilities. The packet covers people’s rights, statistics, sexual assault, abuse, neglect, and barriers to accessing sexual assault services. The packet concludes with information about leaving a partner and legislative rights.

  • DVRCV. Getting Free from Abuse: A Guide for Women with Disabilities.

    This guide is written for women with disabilities who are experiencing abuse. A definition of abuse and a "warning signs" of abuse quiz are included. This guide features stories and advice from other women. Steps to protect oneself from abuse are included.

  • Maxwell, J., Belser, J., & David, D. (2007). A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities. Hesperian.

    Chapter fourteen covers abuse, violence, and self-defense for women with disabilities. The chapter discusses different kinds of abuse, preventing abuse, support for women leaving violent partners, sexual violence, abuse in institutions, and what to do to be safer. It utilizes different cultures throughout the world to express that abuse can happen to anyone from anywhere.

  • Planned Parenthood. (2011). Are you Safe in your Relationship?

    This article examines relationship abuse and whether a relationship is unsafe or not. It also examines what happens if children are involved. The article covers whether or not to end a relationship, where to receive help, and how to leave an unsafe relationship.

  • Planned Parenthood. (2008). Is your Relationship Good for You?

    This article examines what a healthy relationship looks like. It includes what is involved in making a healthy relationship, and how do you know if you are in a healthy relationship. Furthermore, it includes ways to develop healthy relationships, and how can you improve your relationships. It concludes with information about what to do if you are not in a healthy relationship.

  • Planned Parenthood (2008). Relationship Responsibilities.

    This article examines responsibilities in a relationship. These responsibilities include being listened to, honesty, disagreeing, support, forgiveness, and respect.

  • Recognizing and Interrupting Abuse of Adults with Disabilities.

    The guide asks questions for an individual to recognize the signs of abuse by a family member or caregiver. Also, reasons why people may be abused are included along with ways to stop the abuse.

  • Symbols for Life. Say NO To Abuse.

    A guide designed for self-advocates that lays out basic principles of abuse such as emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, physical abuse, and discrimination. The guide also states who may abuse, and who to tell if the person or someone he or she knows is being abused.

  • Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. Sexual Abuse of People with Developmental Disabilities.

    This resource is developed for individuals with a developmental disability who may have experienced sexual assault. The resource examines self-protection, risks, safety techniques, and how to be critical of a living environment.

  • West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services. (2011). Trust Betrayed.

    A guide for anyone in an abusive relationship. This guide includes a checklist of common characteristics of abusive relationships, and tips for avoiding potentially harmful relationships. Also, the guide examines common myths about relationships, dating violence, what power and control is, and warning signs of abusive relationships. The guide examines the cycle of violence, effects of dating violence, what to do if you are in a bad relationship, safety planning, and how to get an order for protection.

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Articles for Self-Advocates

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Articles about Bullying

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Power and Control Wheels for Self-Advocates

Power and Control Wheels are a tool for understanding relationships and abuse. Areas of abuse are explained. Also, information about healthy relationships and respect are included.

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Resources for Family, Friends, and Caregivers

Newsletters for Family, Friends, and Caregivers

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Guides for Family, Friends, and Caregivers

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Information about Bullying

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Resources for Service Providers

Resources for Healthcare Providers

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Resources for Criminal Justice System

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Resources for Forensic Interviewers

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Resources for Disability Service Providers

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Resources for Domestic Violence Service Providers

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Resources for Any Type of Service Providers

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Crime Victims Rights Information Guide

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Research Surrounding Abuse and People with Disabilities

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Abuse Prevention Curriculum

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