Anti-Violence Projects

DABC works with community organizations and government programs in the violence prevention and response sector to address violence against people with disabilities.

DABC Anti-Violence Projects:

2021-2022: Inclusion in Practice: helping people with intellectual disabilities experiencing gender-based violence:

DABC partnered with Inclusion BC and Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC). We conducted two focus groups with the anti-violence sector and the community living sector. We have created a guide for anti-violence service providers helping people with intellectual disabilities with a companion training module. As well, we created a plain language guide for people with intellectual disabilities, What is Gender-based Violence?

2019: Sexual Assault Reporting Options: Increasing Access for Women with Disabilities

DABC created the following resources:

  • A plain language, information help sheet on the sexual assault reporting options in BC, I’ve Been Sexually Assaulted: Who Can I Tell?
  • A sign language and captioned video for people who are deaf on sexual assault reporting options, I’ve Been Sexually Assaulted: Who Can I Tell?
  • A plain language aid for the Third Party Reporting Cover Sheet and Form for community-based victim services and survivors of sexual assault
  • A resource for community-based victim services organizations, and other victim-serving organizations, Inclusive Communication, Outreach, and Engagement: A checklist for anti-violence services supporting Indigenous women living with disabilities and a diversity of women with disabilities

DABC collaborated with Ending Violence Association of BC and the Community Coordination for Women’s Safety Third Party Reporting Work Team on the content of the video and information help sheet for this project. We also worked with Indigenous consultant, Chastity Davis, on the creation of the checklist for community-based victim services and victim-serving organizations to ensure an Indigenous lens throughout the checklist.

2017-2018: How I Need to Know: helping people with disabilities who are victims of crime understand the justice system process:

DABC created a series of videos and help sheets for people with disabilities who are victims of crime. These resources are for victim serving organizations, victim support workers and people with disabilities. Videos are in plain language and sign language/captioned. We collaborated 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.

2015-16: We created a resource booklet for service providers, Right to Be Safe: Creating Inclusive Services for Women with Disabilities Experiencing Violence. This resource booklet was the companion to the Right to Be Safe training, which DABC delivered in 5 regions in BC.

2012-2015: DABC 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.

DABC Anti-Violence Resources

To view all of our anti-violence information help sheets and guides visit our Publications page.

To view our anti-violence videos, click here.

Our Collaborative Work with the Anti-Violence Sector

March 2022: Participated in the provincial government’s Gender-Based Violence Action Plan roundtable.

2021 to present: Advisory member, Health Justice: Gender -Based Violence and Inequity During Involuntary Treatment project.

2020 to present: Advisory member, Sexual Harassment, Advice, Response and Prevention in the Workplace (SHARP) in the Workplace project, EVA BC and Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS).

2017 to present: Community Advisory Board member for the Changing Perceptions: Reimagining Sexual Assault to Better Support Survivors project, EVA BC, Provincial Health Services.

2014 to present: member of the Community Coordination for Women’s Safety provincial working group.

2016: we reviewed EVA BC’s Sexual Assault Manual for Frontline Workers with a disability lens, to ensure that consideration for women with disabilities was incorporated throughout the document.

DABC’s Anti-Violence Workshops, Presentations and Webinars

Ending Violence Association of BC, Annual Training Forum: DABC delivered workshops at the annual forum in 2014, 2017, 2019, and 2021.

Justice Institute of BC/Ministry of Public Safety, 2020: DABC developed and delivered the webinar, Trauma-informed Approaches to Working with Persons with Disabilities for the justice system sector.