Victimization and Abuse

Understanding and Recognizing Abuse

This slide deck and companion tip sheet provide basic information on the five main types of abuse, common signs for each abuse type, and how to talk about and report abuse.


Conversation Guide for Talking About Abuse

This tool provides quick tips and sample questions for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to ask when talking about abuse with an individual they support.


Sexual Abuse and Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

This tip sheet discusses the concepts of privacy and consent, as well as how DSPs can better support individuals by recognizing and reporting sexual abuse.


Neglect as a Type of Abuse

Much of the neglect faced by people with developmental disabilities is hidden. Using this tip sheet, DSPs can be aware of what neglect looks like, as well as what to do to prevent that abuse for the individuals they support.


Supporting Boundaries

This activity provides guidelines for DSPs and the individuals they support as they identify, and work within their professional and personal boundaries. This activity includes a modified person-centered profile.


Trauma-Informed Care

This one-page fact sheet introduces the concept of trauma-informed care in relation with individuals with developmental disabilities.


Dealing with Caregiver Stress

This tip sheet discusses caretaker stress and shares ideas for managing the day-to-day stress that comes with caring for someone else.


Last modified: January 4, 2021