secondary victim; outreach efforts, such as public education seminars; and written materials for victims of crime who have disabilities. Shelters for battered women with disabilities are few. Many programs to teach risk reduction strategies are too complicated for many with cognitive disabilities and are administered only once. Worse, participation in risk reduction programs may result in a false sense of safety by participants and a conviction by parents that their child now can prevent or manage an attempted assault, when in fact they cannot.
Baladerian noted that barriers to service delivery include lack of knowledge of the problem, lack of interest in the problem, lack of information on resources to gain skills, fear of additional administrative and fiscal responsibility, overwhelming workloads or overworked agencies, and a lack of understanding of the extent and impact of the problem.
She suggested that facilitators of service delivery include free training to become ADA compliant, grants to make physical accessibility changes in the facility, additional finances for adding new populations to the client census, and opportunities to provide unique training and internship programs that offer the agency a way to distinguish itself from the other agencies and thus become a “gatekeeper” referral source.