Persons with Disabilities

Did you know?

Abuse can happen to anyone with any level of ability, female or male, young or old, poor or rich. It can happen in heterosexual, LGBTQ* relationships, long- or short-term relationships and between people who live together or separately. Abuse happens in cities, towns, villages, rural areas, remote communities, reserves and settlements. However, persons with disabilities may be more at risk of abuse than other persons because of:

  • the nature of the disability
  • myths and stereotypes about persons with disabilities
  • dependency
  • isolation

Who Abuses Persons With Disabilities?

Persons with disabilities, like other victims of family violence, are most often abused by people they know. This may be a caregiver in the person’s residence, a spouse or common-law partner, another family member or a professional with whom they have some contact as a patient or client.

How To Get Help

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, phone 911.

If you suspect that a child is being abused, neglected or exposed to family violence, phone your local Child and Family Services Authority, the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 1‑800‑387‑KIDS (5437) or the police.

If you suspect someone is being abused in a care facility, phone the toll-free Protection for Persons in Care Reporting Line at 1‑888‑357‑9339.

For family violence resources in your community, phone the 24-hour Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818, toll-free in Alberta, or visit www.familyviolence.alberta.ca. Help is available in over 170 languages.

Materials and Resources

Resource Lines

For additional questions and information, please call the following resource lines:

  • Health Link: A registered nurse answers questions and gives health advice and information. Phone 1‑866‑408‑LINK (5465), toll-free, 24 hours a day, or visit http://www.healthlinkalberta.ca/.
  • Family Violence Info Line: For more information about family violence resources available in your community, phone the 24-hour Family Violence Info Line at 310‑1818, toll-free in Alberta, or visit www.familyviolence.alberta.ca. Help is available in over 170 languages.
  • The Bullying Prevention Helpline: Trained counsellors give callers information and strategies on bullying prevention. Phone 1‑888‑456‑2323, toll-free in Alberta, 24 hours a day or visit http://www.bullyfreealberta.ca/, http://www.b-free.ca/, and http://www.teamheroes.ca/.
  • Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities (ACCD) promotes full participation in society for Albertans with disabilities. Phone 1‑800‑387‑2514, toll-free, or visit http://www.accd.net/.

*LGBTQ: A commonly used acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, trans-identified, two-spirited and queer identities.

Created:
Modified: 2013-11-28
PID: 15692