Supporting Survivors with Disabilities

People with disabilities are affected by sexual violence at a high rate and are particularly vulnerable to abuse.

The Centers for Disease Control says that one in four women and one in five men with a disability in the United States are at risk of facing sexual violence.1 Disabilities can include physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; a person who has a history or record of such an impairment; or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.

If interested in receiving support, resources, and education on topics surrounding people with disabilities, please visit the following resources:

  • National Disability Rights Network: NDRN has aggressively sought federal support for advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities, and expanded Protection and Advocacy (P&A) programs from a narrow initial focus on the institutional care provided to people with intellectual disabilities in facilities to include advocacy services for all people with disabilities no matter the type or nature of their disability.
  • Deaf Abused Women’s Network (DAWN) is a trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and transformative justice-based agency to provide multi-faced services to the survivors and the community to understand and address power-based violence by providing direct services and education. Contact the DAWN hotline (hotline@deafdawn.org) or local rape crisis center, or a family or friend whom you trust, so can receive the support you need.
  • If you are Deaf, you can access help via video phone 1.855.812.1001 (Monday to Friday 9 a.m.—5 p.m. PST). You can also access the instant messenger at DeafHotline or email nationaldeafhotline@adwas.org. Learn about other Deaf services at The National Domestic Violence Hotline.
  • You can chat online anonymously with a RAINN support specialist at online.rainn.org.

If you or a loved one ever requires support in matters concerning sexual violence or abuse, please contact us at The National Sexual Assault Hotline by calling 800.656.HOPE (4673) or by accessing The National Sexual Assault Online Hotline where you can receive 24/7 support.

1"Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Among ... - CDC." https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/svandipv.html. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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