Freedom from abuse/neglect
The protection and advocacy network, of which DRW is a part, was created by a federal law enacted on the heels of a 1972 investigative report of the Willowbrook Institution. DRW, and its counterparts in all US states and territories, are charged with improving abuse response systems and responding to the abuse and neglect of people with disabilities.
DRW investigates and responds to complaints of harm in state and private facilities, in hospitals and supported living environments. DRW's collaborative advocacy with sexual assault and domestic violence advocates, and law enforcement, is aimed at making systems more accessible. DRW works extensively with the state to advance an abuse response system that appropriately addresses the needs of people with disabilities.