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Domestic Violence Services

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HOPE of WNY will improve access to domestic violence services and prevention education for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).  This coalition will also ensure those with I/DD experiencing domestic violence are identified and linked to the specialized resources that will help lead them on their journey towards healing.

This will happen through:

  • Formalizing the connections between Community Services for Every1 and the Family Justice Center.  This will open both organizations’ systems for a fluid exchange of resources and knowledge in order to improve the understanding and awareness among those who come in contact with people in a domestic violence situation to the characteristics of those with I/DD.
  • Providing education and outreach that focuses on recognizing and preventing domestic violence for those with I/DD within both organizational structures.
  • Increasing the awareness, skills, and comfort level of staff to support those with I/DD involved in a domestic violence situation through identification and obtaining supports for which they are eligible.
  • Identifying and enhancing policies and procedures to remove barriers that have limited those with I/DD access to domestic violence services through systemic change within Community Services for Every1 and the Family Justice Center.

This collaboration is defining domestic violence to include a pattern of coercive tactics that are used to gain and maintain power and control in an ongoing, familiar relationship.  These forms of abuse include; psychological, emotional, physical, sexual, stalking, threats of violence, and/or economic, and may be used in any combination.

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To learn more about the HOPE of WNY and its training and technical assistance, contact the Outreach & Advocacy Facilitator at 716-883-8002. 

If you or someone you know is in an unhealthy or abusive relationship contact our Casework Empowerment Liaison at 716-949-6678.