Do you know that people in the disability and D/deaf communities are at increased risk for domestic violence? And yet, members of these communities may not even know that there are domestic and sexual violence services and supports available in their own cities and towns.

Join Allies to Survivors with Disabilities (ASD), and help increase awareness and promote access to services and supports for survivors who are D/deaf or who have disabilities. Members will work with family violence programs and TCFV to encourage and coordinate the availability of quality services that are accessible to everyone. We are looking for new members who want to help with this effort.

For more information, email asd@tcfv.org.

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Mission: To improve access, availability and quality of domestic violence services for survivors with disabilities. To raise awareness in the domestic violence community of services needed by survivors with disabilities, and in the disability community of services available to survivors with disabilities.

Purpose: The Allies to Survivors with Disabilities’ (ASD) purpose is to:

  • Promote access to family violence services for survivors with disabilities;
  • Work with family violence programs to encourage availability of quality services for survivors with disabilities;
  • Advocate for increased high quality services for people with disabilities;
  • Support research regarding survivors with disabilities;
  • Coordinate services between family violence programs and other non-dv service providers accessed by survivors with disabilities; and
  • Increase awareness of services and supports available to survivors with disabilities.

ASD Brochure

Free copies of the brochure “Family Violence and People with Disabilities” are available by emailing asd@tcfv.org or calling 800-525-1978.

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Articles Written by Our Members

Help We Have a Referral of Someone Who is Deaf

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Persons with Disabilities

Strategies for Working with Domestic Violence Survivors with Mental Illness

Guardianship: What is it and when Does it Matter?

Hidden Disabilities

Resources for People with Disabilities

Disability Rights Texas (formerly Advocacy, Inc.)
800-252-9108 (Client Intake)
866-362-2851 (Video Phone)

SafePlace Deaf Services
512-927-9616 (TTY)
512-267-7233 (Voice)

National Domestic Violence Hotline
800-799-SAFE (7233) (Phone)
800-787-3224 (TTY answered by hearing advocates)
Deaf Advocates Available M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. PST:
206-787-3224 (Videophone)
ADWASHotline (Instant Message)
ADWAS@ndvh.org

love is respect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
866-331-9474
866-331-8453 (TTY)
Live chat via website

United Cerebral Palsy of Texas

The Arc of Texas
800-252-9729

Project Mend
Medical equipment network for the disabled
(888) 903-MEND (6363)

National Alliance on Mental Illness
703-524-7600
703-516-7227 (TTY)
800-950-NAMI (6264) (Information Helpline)

Texas State Independent Living Council
877-372-7353 (Voice)
512-371-7353 (Voice/TTY)

Resources for Advocates

Model Protocol for Service Animals in Domestic Violence Shelters
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Model Protocol: Screening Practices for Domestic Violence Victims with Disabilities
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Disability Rights Texas (formerly Advocacy, Inc.)
800-252-9108 (Client Intake)
866-362-2851 (Video Phone)

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
1-800-628-5115, 1-866-581-9328 (TTY)

Texas Department of State Health Services, Community Mental Health
1-888-963-7111, 1-800-735-2989 (TTY)

Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)
512-438-3011

Adult Protective Services
512-438-4800 (office)
1-800-252-5400 (to report abuse or neglect)

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
512-437-5432
800-262-0334

National Alliance on Mental Illness
703-524-7600
703-516-7227 (TTY)
1-800-950-NAMI (6264) (Information Helpline)

Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) Southwest ADA Center
Promotes voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
1-800-949-4ADA (4232) (Voice and TTY)

Materials and Information

Women and Depression
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Disability Etiquette: Tips on Interacting with People with Disabilities
United Spinal Association

Introduction to Intellectual Disabilities
The Arc

Power and Control Wheel: Caretaker Abuse
Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence

People First Language
Fact Sheet from SafePlace Disability Services ASAP

Describing People with Disabilities
Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

Working with Deaf Survivors
Technical Assistance Packet from Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS)

Americans with Disabilities Act
US Department of Justice Web Page

Interpersonal Violence and Women with Disabilities: A Research Update
VAWnet: National Online Research Center on Violence Against Women

Fact Sheets List
SafePlace Disability Services ASAP

Accessing Safety
Meeting the needs of Women with disabilities & Deaf women who are victims or survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, & stalking

Increasing Agency Accessibility for People with Disabilities
Domestic Violence Agency Self-Assessment Guide
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Model Protocols on Safety Planning and Screening Practices for Domestic Violence Victims with Disabilities
Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Information on Deaf Culture and Specific Disabilities

Understanding Deaf Culture

Understanding Cerebral Palsy

Understanding Mental Illness

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis

Etiquette for Interacting with People Who are Blind

Understanding Service Animals

Working with People with Cognitive Disabilities

How to join: CANs are made up of TCFV individual members.  If you’d like to join ASD, click here to become a TCFV member.  Please indicate on your application that you are interested in learning more about ASD.

Already a TCFV individual member? Great!  Contact membershipmatters@tcfv.org for information about joining ASD.