Survivors’ Voices: Reimagining Justice for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 20, 2022

Pam Malin
Pam Malin
 Disability Victim Advocate
Shirley Pacely
Shirley Paceley, MA
Independent Consultant

Crimes against people with disabilities are often challenging for professionals who respond to crime victims. Although people with disabilities are 7 times more likely to experience sexual assault than people without disabilities, they often do not have access to victim services. In this session, attendees will explore what justice means to people with disabilities by listening to the voices of survivors. Together, the presenters and attendees will reimagine what trauma-informed best practices should look like for victims with disabilities. This session will provide proven resources and strategies for victim advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, forensic examiners, multidisciplinary teams, social workers, and others for responding successfully, one person at a time. Attendees will leave with concrete steps and actions they can take back to their communities to ensure equal access to justice for survivors with disabilities.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize what justice looks like to crime victims who have disabilities.
  • Identify at least four strategies for successful interactions with victims with disabilities.
  • Explore strategies and proven resources for responding to crimes against people with disabilities.
  • Develop two action steps to take back to their community to ensure equal access to justice for survivors with disabilities.


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