Improve the Abuse Response System

Everyone has the right to live a life free from abuse, neglect and exploitation. Yet, people with disabilities are at greater risk of and experience a higher rate of violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation.

DRW works at multiple levels to raise awareness of abuse, neglect and violence in the lives of people with disabilities and to affect change in the systems responsible for prevention and response to abuse.

Summary of work: 

Milestone: 2013

Reponse Improvement Report released: The Adult Abuse/Neglect Response Workgroup, comprised of state officials, stakeholders, and disability advocates, sets forth recommendations to improve Washington's abuse response [PDF]

Milestone: 2011

Victim "Bill of Rights" adopted: Legislation spells out rights for victims who are "vulnerable adults" in state law.

Increased license fees fund abuse response, more adult family home oversight: Increased licensing fees of nursing homes, boarding homes and adult family homes to cover costs of licensing, certification and response to abuse and neglect. Increased oversight of Adult Family Homes.

Milestone: 2010

Workgroup releases report to improve state's abuse response: Workgroup report, “Improving Washington State’s Adult Abuse Response System [PDF]” includes specific recommendations.

Milestone: 2009

Increased financial institution awareness to combat exploitation: A financial institution must ensure that existing employees who have contact with customers and account information receive training concerning the financial exploitation of vulnerable adults.

Mandatory reporting must include coroner or medical examiner: A mandated reporter must report the death of a vulnerable adult to a medical examiner or coroner and law enforcement when the mandated reporter suspects that the death was caused by abuse, neglect, or abandonment. 

Milestone: 2008

DRW releases report on state's abuse response system: "Improving Washington’s Response to Abuse and Neglect: Analysis and Recommendations [PDF]" generates state work group to respond to concerns.