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Feb. 28: CDS Lunchtime Learning

CDS hosts program looking at domestic violence, disability, mental illness


9:04 a.m., Feb. 12, 2014--The Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware will host a Lunchtime Learning session on domestic violence, disability and mental illness at noon, Friday, Feb. 28.

The First State Equal Access to Safety Collaboration will present findings from its statewide needs assessment, share stories of survivors and provide an overview of the collaboration’s strategic plan.

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Presenting will be Janet Tillman, Disabilities Project manager with the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Jane Donovan, Disabilities Project coordinator with the Center for Disabilities Studies.

A representative for the center said that in Delaware, as is the case in many states, the need is great for a trauma-informed approach to care that responds to individuals who are victims of domestic violence – including people with disabilities and people with mental illnesses. 

The need is great. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the National Institute for Health Research:

  • Women with disabilities have a 40 percent greater risk of domestic violence than women without disabilities;
  • Women with disabilities are three times more likely to be sexually assaulted than women without disabilities;
  • Women with depressive disorders are almost three times more likely to have experienced domestic violence; and
  • Women with anxiety disorders are four times more likely to be victims of domestic violence

The First State Equal Access to Safety Collaboration was formed in October 2010 with a grant from the Office of Violence Against Women, and consists of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Delaware and the Center for Disabilities Studies.

To register for Lunchtime Learning – and learn more about how this project will be engaging community agencies to build knowledge and capacity on this important issue – complete the online registration form. Requested accommodations will be provided.

Those who attend are are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Water and snacks will be provided. Plan to arrive before noon so the program can start on time. 

About CDS

As a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, the Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) supports the well-being, inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities and their families.

The mission of the center is to enhance the lives of individuals and families through education, prevention, service and research related to disabilities. 

CDS promotes independence and productivity so individuals and families can fully participate in the life of their communities in Delaware and beyond. 

For further information, visit the center’s web page or call 302-831-6974. CDS also has a Facebook page.

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