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:
DABC 2019 Project: Sexual Assault Reporting Options: Increasing Access for Women with Disabilities
Through this project, DABC has 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 will also worked with Indigenous consultant, Chastity Davis, on the creation of the checklist for community-based victim services and victim-serving organizations.
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.
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.
Anti-violence Committee Work:
- 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