DABC works with community organizations and government programs in the violence prevention and response sector to address violence against people with disabilities. Some of our main projects and activities to date are:
- New DABC Project: Sexual Assault Reporting Options: Increasing Access for Women with DisabilitiesIn 2019 DABC will create plain language, graphic-enhanced, information help sheets, as well as a sign language and captioned video for people who are deaf on sexual assault reporting options, including Third Party Reporting in BC.This project also enables DABC to create a resource for community-based victim services organizations on How to Create an Inclusive and Accessible Communication and Outreach Plan.DABC will be collaborating with Ending Violence Association of BC and the Coordinating Committee for Women’s Safety team on the content of the video and information help sheet on Sexual Assault Reporting Options.
We will also be working with consultant, Chastity Davis, Chair of the Minister’s Council on Indigenous Women, on the creation of the how-to checklist in order to ensure this resource includes information on how to engage in culturally-appropriate communication with, and outreach to, Indigenous women.
We thank the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Civil Forfeiture Crime Prevention and Remediation Grant Program – Civil Forfeiture Grant, for their generous support.
- 2014 to present: member of the Community Coordination for Women’s Safety provincial working group
- 2018-2019: Community Advisory Board member for the Changing Perceptions: Reimagining Sexual Assault to Better Support Survivors project
Past projects and activities:
- 2017-2018, created a series of videos and help sheets for people with disabilities who are victims of crime as part of the How I Need to Know project. These resources are for victim serving organizations, victim support workers and people with disabilities. Videos are in plain language and sign language/captioned. We partnered with: Communications Disabilities Access Canada; Ending Violence Association (EVA) BC; Inclusion BC; Provincial Office of Domestic Violence, BC Ministry of Children and Families; and the BC Ministry of Public Safety, Community Programs, Victim Services and Crime Prevention. This project was generously funded by the Department of Justice Victim’s Fund. To view the Help Sheets (available in English and French), please visit our publications page. To view the videos, please click here.
- 2016, we reviewed EVA BC’s Sexual Assault Manual with a disability lens, to ensure that consideration for women with disabilities was incorporated throughout the document.
- 2015-16, created and delivered training along with a resource booklet for service providers, Right to Be Safe: Creating Inclusive Services for Women with Disabilities Experiencing Violence. This project was funded by the BC Ministry of Justice Civil Forfeiture Proceeds.
- 2012-2015, partnered with the DisAbled Women’s Network Canada, the Canadian Association for Community Living, and SPARC BC on the pan-Canadian project, InFocus: Bringing People with Disabilities into the Picture, which conducted focus groups with people with disabilities and delivered workshops on violence to service providers and people with disabilities.