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Access to Services

Meeting older victims’ needs is far more difficult when their access to rights and services is complicated by factors such as geographic isolation, language barriers, ethnic and cultural intolerance, disability, immigration status, heterosexism, ageism and/or lack of appropriate social supports.

Older victims who are blind may need resource materials read to them or on audio tape.  Older victims who are deaf or hard of hearing may need interpreters to work with advocates, justice professionals, and others.  Persons with physical disabilities may need assistance with mobility.  Persons with cognitive disabilities may need assistance processing information and communicating with others. 

Alzheimer’s disease affects one in six persons age 65 and older and one in two persons age 85 and older. Working with persons with dementia may require partnering with health care providers and organizations specializing in dementia.

Domestic violence service providers, health and legal systems, the faith community, and advocacy organizations must work to ensure that traditionally marginalized populations such as communities of color; immigrants; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons; and tribal communities receive safe access to services.

SELECTED TOOLS & RESOURCES

SELECTED RESOURCES

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
    The website for the Americans with Disabilities Act provides information and technical assistance about the law and implementation.

  • Centers for Independent Living
    Centers for Independent Living can assist victims with disabilities and programs with  independent living services including advocacy, peer counseling, independent living skills training, and resources to persons with disabilities.

  • Disability Rights of Wisconsin’s Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project
    Through funding from the Office on Violence Against Women, Disability Rights of Wisconsin’s Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project partnered with WCADV and WCASA to create self assessment tools and other materials for domestic and sexual violence service workers.

  • The National Disability Rights Network  investigate reports of abuse and neglect, and seek systemic change to prevent further incidents; advocate for basic rights; and ensure accountability in health care, education, employment, housing, transportation, and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems for individuals with disabilities.

  • OVW Disability Grant Program
    Disability Grant Program recipients will provide training, consultation, and information on domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault against individuals with disabilities and enhance direct services to such individuals.

  • VERA Institute of Justice
    VERA works with staff from justice systems and government agencies to help deliver services to people with disabilities in appropriate, accessible ways.