This story reports on a new, first-of-its-kind website from Vera's Center on Victimization and Safety (CVS) that is the exclusively dedicated to ending abuse of people with disabilities. The site serves as a resource for victim and disability service providers, self-advocates, and policymakers. It offers guidance and resources aimed at raising awareness of these often invisible victims, enhancing services for people with disabilities who have been victimized, fostering accountability for those responsible for these crimes, strengthening prevention efforts, and increasing research on the issue and evaluation of potential solutions. CVS Director Nancy Smith is quoted.
"For many people with disabilities, their needs aren't being met when they reach out for help, or their requests are met with skepticism, dismissed, or outright ignored," Smith said. "Others may not understand what happened to them or be able to put a name to the pain and abuse they have survived. This website aims to ensure that survivors' experiences are acknowledged and respected, and their needs are attended to."