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Survivors with Disabilities

CARE provides confidential advocacy, support, and related referrals for students, staff, faculty, and alumni impacted by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. 

CARE is here for all survivors. We believe you and we are here for you throughout your healing process. Your ability or medication status has nothing to do with the validity of your story or survivorship. Whether your disability is considered visible or invisible, CARE is here to support you and work together to best meet your needs. CARE advocates are sensitive to the differing needs of each survivor and will work with you in understanding and accessing the support services you desire. We will always follow your lead in terms of the services you want to move forward with and those you do not wish to participate in. 

CARE works with the Disabled Students Program (DSP) to connect student survivors with their services for a wide variety of needs. CARE is continuously working to improve the accessibility of our services for all survivors. CARE also works directly with the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on campus and community providers to provide students with assistance with their mental health needs.

Importance of Location

CARE has two locations: one in the Student Resource Building (SRB), inside the Women’s Center, and the other in the Gaucho Support Center in Isla Vista, near Embarcadero Hall. Both locations are ADA accessible and provide students with access to the services they may seek. The location at the Gaucho Support Center is located on the second floor but accessible through the use of an elevator located right inside the front door on the first floor. The CARE office in the SRB is located on the first floor inside the Women’s Center. If either location would feel the most supportive to your needs and comfort, CARE wants all survivors to feel empowered to ask directly for the location that best fits their needs when scheduling their initial appointment.

What's different about interpersonal violence for people with disabilities?

While people with disabilities experience forms of interpersonal violence that are very similar to the experiences of people without disabilities, power and control are often exerted in specific ways based on a person’s disability or medical needs. Some forms of abuse a survivor with a disability may experience include: 

  • The perpetrator restricts the survivors access to their medical services, such as doctors’ appointments or medication in order to maintain power and control over the survivor 
  • Blaming the survivor for the violence, saying they were being uncooperative in relation to mobility needs 
  • Denying the violence, for example “I’m not doing that, you are just too pain sensitive.” 
  • Telling the survivor’s other support systems that they are confused or don’t understand what is going on, or telling those support systems that the survivor doesn’t need their assistance while denying them the care they need 
  • Control of financial resources, access to food or transportation services 
  • Telling the survivor that they cannot survive without them, or that no one else will be able to help them

Confidentiality

All faculty and staff who are not confidential are required to report all students’ disclosures of sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and/or stalking to the Title IX office to ensure consistent student services and Title IX policy compliance. A CARE advocate can discuss any student’s concerns one-on-one, without sharing the student’s name, identifying information, or any other details about their visit with CARE with other campus offices, including Title IX. The Disabled Students Program will not be notified that you have visited CARE unless you explicitly request CARE’s assistance in working with them.

CARE recognizes that the limits to our confidentiality due to the state’s mandate to report instances of violence against adults who are considered dependents may feel restrictive to clients with disabilities. CARE will work with you to prioritize your needs when a state-mandated report to Adult Protective Services is required, and to ensure that you are supported throughout this reporting process. CARE understands that these mandated reporting laws can often have a silencing effect on survivors of interpersonal violence. CARE will work alongside you to help follow up from any mandated report that has been made.

Making an Appointment with a CARE Advocate

To schedule a non-urgent appointment with a CARE Advocate, please follow this link to our appointment request form

To speak with a confidential advocate immediately, please call our 24/7 CARE advocacy line at (805) 893-4613. If you have an emergency or feel that you may be in immediate danger, please call 911. 

If you have experienced a sexual assault within the last five days, please visit the Medical information under the “How We Help - Advocacy” tab above or call CARE at 805-893-4613 to learn about the time-sensitive option to seek a free, confidential forensic medical exam.

Community & National Resources

End Abuse of People with Disabilities 

Disability and Abuse Project  

IGNITE  

GimpGirl Community

(Book) The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities by Ching-In Chen (Editor); Jai Dulani (Editor); Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Editor) 

The Mighty

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