1997 - 2000
Women’s Personal Assistance Survey Abuse
This Participatory Action Research project assessed disability-specific types of violence and abuse experienced by women with physical and physical and cognitive disabilities who lived independently in the community. Responsibilities included organizing and analyzing quantitative/qualitative data, conducting in-person and telephone interviews, timely management of the day-to-day project tasks, and dissemination of findings through conference presentations.
1998 - 2001
Women with Developmental Disabilities - It's My Right Project
With the active participation of adults with disabilities, we developed two curricula to be used by people with disabilities when hiring support people and identifying abuse and harm in one’s life. These two curricula are: 1) Managing Support People - Working with People who Assist You, and 2) It's My Right! - Staying Safe and Becoming Aware of Abuse. To refine these two curricula, we facilitated a series of skills-development groups attended by women and men with developmental disabilities. They gave us insight and feedback as we finalized these documents.
2002 - 2006
Oregon Violence Against Women with Disabilities Technical Assistance Center
We developed Coordinated Community Response Teams in 4 Oregon communities (Bend, Eugene, Tillamook and Portland) that provided technical assistance to disability and domestic violence programs in their advocacy of addressing abuse and violence against women and men with disabilities. We developed and coordinated cross-agency training and curriculum development to enhance outreach, understanding and accessible violence-prevention service delivery for people with disabilities throughout Oregon.
2003 - 2008
Identification and Reporting of Violence By Persons with Disabilities
The purpose of this project was to reduce the prevalence of violence against people with disabilities by improving the identification, reporting, and response to violence against persons with disabilities living in the community. The project achieved the following: validated the use of a culturally sensitive approach to promote violence screening, safety behaviors, disclosure and reporting by women with disabilities. We increased knowledge about crime reporting methods used by crime victims with disabilities and ways disability status and accommodation information are implemented into crime reports by law enforcement officials. With the direct help and input from people with disabilities, we developed an audio computer-assisted self-interview (ACASI) approach for violence screening, safety planning and abuse and crime reporting on the safety and reporting behaviors. This self-interview survey allowed people with disabilities a chance to privately report types of abuse they experienced using the computer rather than directly telling the researchers, who as mandatory reporters of abuse may have had to tell the authorities of the abuse when the participant would not have wanted to report the abuse.
2004 - 2007
Development of a Safety-Planning Tool for Women with Disabilities
With the support and oversight of women with disabilities, we created a gender-appropriate computer-based program, entitled: Safer and Stronger Program for Women with Disabilities, that gives women with disabilities information about abuse and resources that would support them to create safer lives for themselves and safety-plans for themselves and their loved ones.
2007 - 2010
Development of a Safety-Planning Tool for Men with Disabilities
With the support and oversight of men with disabilities, we created a gender-appropriate computer-based program, entitled: Safer and Stronger Program for Men with Disabilities, that gives men with disabilities information about abuse and resources that would support them to create safer lives for themselves and safety-plans for themselves and their loved ones.
2009 - 2012
Partnering with People with Developmental Disabilities to Address Violence
This three-year research project looked at the ways in which people with developmental disabilities were being hurt or abused by people in their lives and the effects of abuse on their health and well-being. We used our previously developed Audio Computer-Assisted Self-Interview (ACASI) for survey administration and confidential collection of participant data. We collaborated with self-advocacy organizations including: Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, Self-Advocacy Coalition of Oregon, Missoula People First, Bitterroot Valley People First Aktion Club, and researchers from: The Rural Institute, University of Montana, Missoula; Department of Medicine, OHSU; and the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities at the Baylor College of Medicine.
2010 - 2013
Field-test of the Safer and Stronger Program for Women with Disabilities (Women’s SSP)
This project worked with three nationally renowned centers for independent living, located in Missoula, Montana; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Phoenix, Arizona, and implemented three studies: (1) a pilot study that ensured consistent implementation of the Women’s SSP within these CIL agencies; (2) a survey to get feedback from women with disabilities about their experiences viewing the Women’s SSP; and (3) several focus groups with those women who viewed the Women’s SSP on its use as an internet program.
2013 - 2016
Field-test of the Safer and Stronger Program for Men with Disabilities (Men’s SSP)
This project worked with three nationally renowned centers for independent living, located in Missoula, Montana; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Detroit, Michigan, and implemented three studies: (1) a pilot study that ensured consistent implementation of the Men’s SSP within these CIL agencies; (2) a survey to get feedback from men with disabilities about their experiences viewing the Men’s SSP; and (3) several focus groups with those men who viewed the Men’s SSP on its use as an internet program.
2016 - 2019
Our Lives: Safe and Strong Program Toolkit (Our Lives)
This project is the first attempt to provide access to a computer-based gender specific web-based abuse awareness/ abuse prevention/ safety-planning tool (SSP), successfully field-tested in prior project activity with both women and men who experience disabilities in Centers for Independent Living (CIL) environments, to support survivors of interpersonal violence (IPV). The Our Lives project will provide both topic-specific abuse-related training and technical assistance support, and specialized training on best practices trauma-informed services delivery to designated CIL advocate staff at our project partner CILs so they have the knowledge base and skill set necessary to work directly with CIL consumers on abuse-related issues. CILS are located all over the United States, in a consortium effort to construct site-specific programmatic means by which the consortium CILs can effectively service the needs of their consumer population as it involves questions of IPV.