Advocating for and promoting the effective support of survivors of sexual assault who have disabilities and live in long term care environments.  

DRW and partners built the Alliance to End Sexual Violence in Long-Term Care. Our network includes individuals with disabilities who receive long-term care, advocates responding to allegations of sexual assault, disability advocates, and long-term advocates. Together, we work to 1) promote effective support and response to people with disabilities who have experienced sexual assault in long term care; 2) reform the long-term care system’s response to allegations of sexual assault of people with disabilities to support the survivor; and 3) train advocates to more fully understand disability, the long-term care system, and sexual assault.

Statewide partners include Disability Rights Washington, the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, and the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. King County Pilot Partners include API Chaya, the Arc of King County, the Developmental Disability Ombuds, and Snohomish/King County Long-Term Care Ombuds. We are also advised by a group of long-term care residents.  

Welcome Indicators:  What does self-determination look like in LTC?


Related Links

The Arc of King County’s Healthy Relationship Program A Relationships and Sexuality Resource Line for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and community members to ask confidential questions and receive support around healthy relationships and sexuality issues, and a 10-week Healthy Relationships School Program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 18-21 year-old Transition Programs throughout King County.

NPR Special Series: Abused and Betrayed NPR’s series about the epidemic of sexual assault against people with intellectual disabilities.

Program Updates

CLICK TO WATCH NEW VIDEO: ‘Welcome Indicators’ in Long-Term Care

June 13, 2018Experts have told us that they can discern within minutes whether any given long-term care environment is the type that truly supports self-determination and self-advocacy for residents. People in long-term care deserve privacy, freedom, respect, and every chance to pursue a fully engaged adult life. Our new video shows "Welcome Indicators" that can help you tell right off the bat whether or not an environment is the kind that regards and facilitates its residents.
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