College of Education and Health Professions

Safety Awareness

From analyzing available studies, we know that people with disabilities are at increased risk for sexual and physical violence. Education is key in prevention.

The Safety and Abuse Prevention Training is a 10 week training course designed specifically for women with developmental disabilities. Participants meet for one hour twice a week over a 10 week period. The curriculum is a modification of the Effective Strategy-Based Curriculum for Abuse Prevention an Empowerment (ESCAPE) curriculum developed in New York. In this training, the following topics are covered:

What is Abuse?

The Different Types of Abuse:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Financial Abuse
  • Verbal Abuse

Relationships: Signs of Healthy or Unhealthy relationships

Speaking Up for Yourself

Recognizing and Stopping Abuse

Decision Making


Visual cards and stories, games, posters and group discussions are used to increase understanding and participation in this very important training.

It's all about learning how to be STRONG WOMEN!

If you would like more information on this curriculum, contact Roberta Sick.

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