Skip to main content

Serving People with Disabilities Who Experience Sexual Assault or Domestic Violence

This is a FREE training event. 

Start: 9:00 am

End: 4:00 pm 


San Diego: June 26th, 2018 
Sacramento, CA: June  28th, 2018            

If no event address is listed, it will be provided in the confirmation materials.


Course Overview:  

People with disabilities experience crimes at least twice as often as people without disabilities and yet often do not access victim services or the criminal justice system.  This session focuses on specific strategies for an effective response to victims with a wide range of disabilities including those people with disabilities who also identify as LGBTQ.  Topics include: prevalence, definitions, attitudes, obstacles, unique dynamics, accommodations, effective written and verbal communication, forensic sexual assault exams, protocols and tools for law enforcement and prosecutors. We will also look at tools and resources that can support sexual assault investigations and advocacy including accessible written materials.By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Participants will be able to recite at least three communication tips for working with crime victims with disabilities.
  • Participants will be able to identify and use tools for working with victims with disabilities including a.) law enforcement accessibility review tool; b.) picture guide to the sexual assault forensic exam; c.) sample victim rights statement; and others.
  • Participants will be able to explain at least four barriers experienced by people with disabilities including those who identify and LGBTQ.

Presenter:  Leanne Mull is a national speaker about rights and supports for people with disabilities, Leanne Mull has been working to prevent abuse and neglect of people with disabilities for eighteen years.  As an agency investigator in Illinois, Leanne taught staff members working with people with disabilities how to recognize, report and prevent abuse and neglect. Additionally, Leanne served as a Team Coordinator for the Illinois Imagines project coordinating response to victims with disabilities between rape crisis centers, agencies serving people with disabilities and law enforcement. Currently Leanne serves as the Chair of the Responding with Victims with Disabilities Committee for the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council, a project of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority the entity responsible for the creation and revision of protocols for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors for Responding to victims with disabilities and older adults

This workshop is intended for professionals and paraprofessionals from the following disciplines: Domestic Violence Center Staff, Rape Crisis Center Staff, Law Enforcement, Disability Service Agencies


Agenda (subject to change)

9:00am:    Introduction

9:30am:    Disability Basics

10:40am:    Violence against people with disabilities including those who identify as LGBTQ

12:00pm:    Lunch

1:00pm:    Violence against people with disabilities including those who identify as LGBTQ cont.

2:30pm:    The Tools and How to Use Them

3:30pm:    Enhancing Capacity through Collaboration


This training is FREE OF CHARGE. Participants are responsible for travel, lodging and all meal expenses. Lunch is NOT provided.

The UP Project is pleased to offer travel scholarships in the form of reimbursement to victim service agencies that attend our in-person training events. Travel scholarships will be prioritized to agencies from rural counties.
Applications can be found here.

Continuing EducationIf you are interested in Continuing Education please apply and pay for credit at the training. Cash, card, and check payments.

  • Course meets qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, $45, Provider #128510. The Center for Innovation and Resource, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) at the event. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

For more information, questions, or grievances, please contact Emma Nichols at or 707-992-0537.

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should also contact Emma Nichols. 

Powered by Firespring