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More information related to the COMMUNICARE ISSUE #1:

Violence against Women with Disabilities & Deaf women


In DAWN/RAFH Canada’s 1st issue of Communicare published in Abilities Magazine July 2011, we presented information on the issue of violence against women with disabilities and Deaf women with the hope that women would recognize that they are being abused. Now we would like to share some information on what you can do to get help.


Always remember if you are in immediate danger call 911- the police.

If you are able to dial the phone but can’t communicate, remember to stay on the line – do not hang up. Give the following information clearly if you are able:

  • your name;
  • the location you are at;
  • that you are being attacked;
  • that you are afraid you are going to be hurt or you are afraid for your life; and
  • where your attacker is and whether he has a weapon or access to weapons.


If you have time to plan ahead, the following steps can help you get out of an abusive situation.

Make a decision – You have to be willing to make a change in your life to get out of an abusive situation, knowing that you are not alone.

Talk to someone about it – It is very helpful to talk about your situation with someone that you trust – a friend or relative, a spiritual leader, a doctor, or a counsellor.

Protect Yourself – If you decide to stay you should have an emergency and personal safety plan. Remember to cover

Know What to do in an Emergency – Be prepared to act quickly. Make an emergency plan.

ü Plan ahead of time where you can go to be safe, by making just one phone call.

ü Work out a code word so that they will know who it is if you are in crisis.

ü Contact a shelter ahead of time and see if they can accommodate your disability needs.

ü Get legal advice – Call a community legal clinic even before there is an emergency

ü Pre-arrange accessible transportation.

ü Make photocopies of all your identification and important documents and keep them in a safe place where you can find them quickly.

ü Pack an emergency bag, including all these important documents (i.e. Health Cards, birth certificates, marriage certificates, immigration/citizenship papers, passports, copies of your lease, mortgage, your address/phone book, etc.)

Use the Internet Safely

The Internet is a really useful way to get important information, but it can also leave a record of the websites and information that you have been looking for. Especially if your abuser is very knowledgeable of the computer. There are things that you can do to delete traces of what websites you have been visiting.  It may just not be safe to use a computer at home. You might want to use the computer at the public library, a school, an internet cafe, or your workplace. Please visit for more information about internet and email safety.



CALL – You can call the following crisis lines in your province or territory. If you are in immediate danger call 911.

British Columbia & Yukon:  VictimLink BC 1 800 563-0808. This is toll free anywhere in B.C. or Yukon, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is confidential and anonymous. This service is multilingual and TTY accessible.


Alberta : Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818 to find out how you can get help. This 24 hour number is toll-free and available 7 days a week.


North West Territories : Alison McAteer House Yellowknife c/o YWCA1 1-866-223-7775

SaskatchewanThe Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) publishes an Abuse Help Lines page in all 10 Direct West phone books across Saskatchewan. See for more information.Manitoba – If you or someone you know is being abused, call this confidential provincial toll-free crisis line at: 1-877-977-0007. Nunavut – IqaluitBaffin Regional Agvvik Society – Qimaavik Transition House (867) 979-4500. They are staffed and open 24-7. All programs are offered in English and Inuktitut.

Ontario – The Assaulted Women’s Hotline – A 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis line for women in the province of Ontario. Their service is anonymous and confidential  and you don’t have to give your name. The toll-free number won’t show up on your phone bill. They do not have call display


Quebec - La maison des femmes sourdes de Montréal.  Si URGENT appelez ATS : 514.873.9010 ou 1.800.363.9010


Newfoundland & Labrador THANL - Sexual Assault Crisis Line (24 hour)– 1-800-726-2743. If the assault was domestic/family violence, a woman needs to call their nearest shelter. (Please see for a list of these numbers.)


Nova Scotia – Transition House Association of Nova Scotia – Contact 1-902-429-7287


Prince Edward Island:  Anderson House: (toll free) 1-800-240-9894; PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Crisis Centre- (toll free) 1-800-289-5656

24-hour crisis line for victims of rape and sexual assault including incest and spousal rape. Trained volunteers answer calls and provide information, advocacy and support.


New Brunswick  – After hours emergency family and social services/Services à la famille et services sociaux-urgences après les heures: 1-800-442-9799. Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre/Centre pour les victimes d’aggression sexuelle de Fredericton: 1-506-454-0437


You can also go to Hot Peach Pages – International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies at for more information in your province or territory.



Other places you can call for help are your:


  • Local Association for Community Living
  • Local Independent Living Centre


In some provinces and territories you can dial 211 which provides free, confidential, multilingual access to information about the full range of community, social, health and government services. 211 is for  non-emergency health and social services. The 211 service is now available in two cities in Alberta, many regions in Ontario, throughout both BC and Quebec and will be available in Nova Scotia in 2013. Visit for more information.


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One comment on COMMUNICARE ISSUE ≠1

  1. On , LEDA ROSE CEDAR wrote :

    just thinking that it would be important it seems to me to include post traumatic stress disorder as a common but sadly un-diagnosed and misdiagnosed, how learning challenges limit or do best with what types of modalities (sensory-motor psychotherapy, EMDR, Mind-body attunement)and what kind of access to safe trauma treatment.

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