Early in 1999, the Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities (ACCD) received a phone call asking if we could assist a woman with a disability who was being abused in her home. The caller had received a request from a neighbour of the woman being abused. The neighbour believed that the victim, who was in a wheelchair, was being repeatedly abused by her caregivers. The police had been called and had visited the home, but the woman remained in her home and the abuse continued. When ACCD asked the caller about her role in the situation, she said she was calling from Social Services, that she received these types of calls “all the time,” and that she didn’t know where to turn for assistance. Shortly after receiving this phone call from Social Services, ACCD met with Status of Women Canada to propose a project that would examine the issue of violence against women with disabilities. Through this project we hope to address the specific safety needs of women with disabilities who live independently in Alberta.
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