Violence Prevention

DABC is working on violence prevention and response with community and government organizations. Some of our main projects and activities to date are:

How I Need to Know Project:

In this 18-month project (2017/2018), we have created a series of videos and help sheets for people with disabilities who are victims of crime. These resources are available to victim serving organizations and support workers and to people with disabilities. Videos are in plain language and sign language.

This project is 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.

Project Partners and Subject Matter Experts:

DABC wants to thank our subject matter experts and project partners who provided invaluable input and feedback into the content of the videos:

  • Communications Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) is a Canada-wide, non-profit organization that promotes accessibility for people who have communication disabilities.
  • Ending Violence Association (EVA) BC is a non-profit organization that provides support, training, resources, tools, education and research to victim-serving programs in BC, such as: community-based victim services, Stopping the Violence programs, and sexual assault centres.
  • Inclusion BC is a non-profit organization that works with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
  • Provincial Office of Domestic Violence, BC Ministry of Children and Families
  • BC Ministry of Public Safety, Community Programs, Victim Services and Crime Prevention

For more information about the videos and our project contact:
Karen Martin, How I Need to Know Project Coordinator,, 604 875-0188

Past projects and activities:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2016, we reviewed Ending Violence Association of BC’s Sexual Assault Manual with a disability lens, to ensure that consideration for women with disabilities was incorporated throughout the document.