The nature of abuse does not change much for a person with a disability. What is different is that the abuser may use the disability as a way to control.

How to protect yourself

  • Know that you have the right to make the decisions about what you do and do not want to happen to you.
  • Let the people in your life know that you depend on their help and support.
  • Have a network of personal care attendants, or relatives to provide these services.
  • Workout a  reliable emergency backup care.
  • Learn effective strategies for hiring, retaining and firing staff.
  • Be aware of accessible shelter services in your area.
  • Educate disability agencies about domestic violence and domestic violence agencies your disability situation.


  •  Over four million crimes are reported against persons with disabilities each year in the U.S.
  • The rate of violent crimes against people with disabilities is four to ten times higher than in the general population.
  • Persons with disabilities experience abuse for longer durations of time