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1 Partners in Making a Difference

2 Working Towards Ending Abuse of the Elderly, People with Disabilities and Deaf Individuals

3 Violence is as American as Apple Pie. H. Rap Brown


5 1 in 20 Elders are Victims of Abuse


7 Only One Incident in Seven Gets Reported


9 Every day silence harvests its victims. Silence is a mortal illness. Natalia Ginzburg


11 "The victim was a person - someone you can picture. Jack Collins


13 What Part Of Leave Me Alone Dont You Understand?

14 Among developmentally disabled adults, as many as 83% of females and 32% of males are victims of sexual assault. Stimson, L. & Best, M.D., "Courage Above All:" Sexual Assault against Women with Disabilities


16 85% of Women with Disabilities have Experienced Domestic Abuse. Fluerstein, 1997


18 Elder Abuse Can Be: Physical Sexual Emotional or Psychological Abandonment Neglect Financial Exploitation



21 Each year, nearly 10 thousand women and children become permanently deaf or hard of hearing due to being repeatedly struck on or near the ear. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders; National Institutes of Health, National Strategic Research Plan (1989)


23 Are people who dont have disabilities normal? The only thing that is normal is the setting on the washing machine. Patty Derouchie Green Mtn Self Advocates


25 The only thing thats been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence. Joan Baez


27 Almost 90% of Elder Abusers are Family Members NCEA, 1996

28 40% of Elder abusers are Adult Children NCEA, 1996


30 In ,702 cases of Elder abuse and neglect were reported to Adult Protective Services NCEA, 2001

31 That is a 62% INCREASE since 1996 Based on NCEA Data

32 In ,861 complaints of abuse neglect and gross exploitation of Elders in the U.S. were reported to ombudsmen NCEA, 2001


34 I couldnt believe what I was seeing, bruises on her neck, on her chin, she had some bruises on her legs. I said, What the hell happened to you here? Cary Love speaks of his mother, CBS News


36 My mother experienced beating, malnutrition, dehydration and neglect. All three of the nursing homes are responsible for her death. Leslie Oliva, speaks of her mother, Time.Com


38 Violence is unnecessary and costly. Peace is the only way. Violence is unnecessary and costly. Peace is the only way. Julius K Nyerere Julius K Nyerere


40 By its acceptance of differences, the campaign for disability rights has forged a powerful coalition of millions of people with disabilities, their families, and those that work with them. Joseph P. Shapiro, No Pity, 1994


42 5 million crimes are committed against persons with developmental disabilities each year in the U.S. Petersilia, PhD, UCD


44 In 3 Years there has been a 59% INCREASE in reports of abuse to Adult Protective Services in Vermont APS Data


46 The best time to stop domestic violence is before it begins. Unknown


48 The majority of elder victims are women. Dunlop, 2000: Crickton, 1999; Lithwick, 1999

49 Adults with disabilities experience violence/abuse at least twice as often as people without disabilities Sobsey, 1995


51 15% of Elder Abusers are Spouses NCEA, 1996


53 I spent every waking hour trying to be a better wife and mother but the harder I tried, the worse it became. Quote from an older abused woman

54 Approximately 3 ½ million Deaf women were abused in the U.S. Demographic Studies- Gallaudet University 2002



57 Men who are abusive use physical and sexual violence against their victims more often than women. The National Elder Abuse Incidence Study, 1998



60 Adults with developmental disabilities are at risk of being physically or sexually assaulted at rates four to ten times greater than other adults. Sobsey, 1995


62 A Study of 257 older women ages 50 – 79, found that 32% had experienced physical abuse or threat at some point in their lives. Moulton, 1999


64 Abuse is the weapon of the vulgar. Abuse is the weapon of the vulgar. Samuel Griswold Goodrich


66 Nothing good ever comes of violence Martin Luther


68 Women with disabilities are more likely than other women to be victimized, to experience violence that is more severe and prolonged, and to suffer more serious and chronic effects from that violence Sobsey, 1995


70 "To hurt is easy. Not to hurt takes wisdom." Unknown

71 68 to 83% of women with developmental disabilities will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, which represents a 50% higher rate than the rest of the population Pease & Franz 1994


73 Who do you tell? shed asked…She was quiet for a moment, and then, still looking away, she answered her own question. Nobody. They aint gonna believe you, anyway. Invisible Voices

74 "We need a more modern approach to the reporting of crimes. If we dont see the crimes in print, then were going to think theyre not happening anymore." Rose Marie Heck


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