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Health & Counseling Center

CAPE

People with Disabilities

Gender-based violence (sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment) can impact anyone regardless of age, race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability status, strength, etc. Individuals with disabilities and hard of hearing individuals often face unique challenges and barriers to seeking support. Research has shown that individuals who are hard of hearing or those with disabilities experience violence at extremely high rates, and in different ways than their peers without disabilities.

Prevalence

The risk of being physically or sexually assaulted for adults with developmental disabilities is 4 to 10 times higher compared to other adults. Research shows that 97-99% of abusers are known and trusted by the survivor who has an intellectual disability. One study indicated that hard of hearing and Deaf indivduals are 1.5 times more likely to be survivors of relationship violence in their lifetime. Students with disabilities experience assault at two times the rate of students without disabilities.

Challenges to reporting and seeking support

• Lack of accessible and comprehensive services
• Lack of familiarity with the systems that provide resources and support
• Embarrassment, shame, guilt
• Difficulty understanding and/or communicating what happened
• Fear of retaliation, or threats by the abuser

Campus and Community Resources

Confidential DU Resources

  • CAPE (Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment) provides free and confidential advocacy and support to survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment.
        o Daytime Advocacy: 303-871-3853
        o After-Hours Counselor on Call: 303-871-205
        o Email: [email protected]
        o Address: 1981 S University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210
  • Health and Counseling Center provides confidential medical and mental health services.
        o Phone: 303-871-2205
        o Counselor on Call: 303-871-2205
        o Email: [email protected]

Non-Confidential DU Resources

Community/National-Based Resources

  • The Initiative - Previously known as the Domestic Violence Initiative or DVI, advocates for persons with disabilities who are survivors of abuse. Through direct services and outreach program, The Initiative strives to create an abuse-free culture for all.
        o Phone: 303-839-5510
        o Website: http://www.theinitiativecolorado.org/
  • DOVE (Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment) - Collaborating, educating, and advocating to end domestic violence and sexual assault in the Colorado Deaf community.
        o Phone: 303-831-7874 (24-hour hotline)
        o Website: https://www.deafdove.org/
        o Email: [email protected] (24-hour email hotline)
  • RAINN (24-hour hotline) - 24/7 national rape crisis support service, offering anonymous online chat
        o Phone: 1-800-656-4673
        o Website: https://www.rainn.org/get-help
  • National Disability Rights Network - Investigates reports of abuse and neglect, and seeks systemic change to prevent further incidents; advocates for basic rights; and ensures accountability in health care, education, employment, housing, transportation, and within the juvenile and criminal justice systems for individuals with disabilities.
        o Phone: 202-408-9520
        o Website: http://www.ndrn.org/index.php
        o Email: [email protected]


 


To learn more, or to connect with an advocate,
contact the Coordinator of CAPE Advocacy Services, Kayla Ham,
at 303-871-3853 or [email protected].