Be more than a bystander....Break the silence

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Help for People with Disabilities

Family violence is more likely to happen to people with intellectual, psychological or mental health disabilities than others. Persons who are dependent on others for daily assistance, or who are isolated, are at increased risk of abuse; they may be afraid to get help because they may depend on their abusive partners for help with their daily living. The disability itself may create challenges in getting help.

Acts of violence against people with disabilities may involve:

  • physical force
  • sexual abuse
  • denial of rights (ex: food, medical care, good hygiene)
  • threats or verbal abuse
  • neglect and lack of care
  • financial exploitation

If you are being abused, you:

  • do not deserve to be abused
  • have a right to live without fear
  • are not to blame for the violence or the threats
  • have the right to a safe, healthy environment and caring relationships
  • have the right to control your own life and make your own decisions

There are things you can do to try and stop the abuse.

  • No matter how long it’s been going on, or how scared you may be, tell someone you trust what is happening to you.
  • If someone is hurting or threatening you or the place you’re staying at is not safe, call the police at 911.
  • Talk with people (ex: neighbours, friends) to find out more about community resources that can provide help. See what your choices are for getting help with your personal and financial needs

All agencies funded through Family Violence Prevention Program support persons with disabilities, accommodating special needs wherever possible.

For more help, see Help for Persons with Disabilities

Without help, abusive relationships only get WORSE.

Help is available

Contact one of the resources (see link below) for more information and find out how to create your own protection plan. If you are in an abusive relationship, or you know someone who may be, call 1-877-977-0007.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911

Where can I go for help?

How do I make a protection plan?