From the Introduction: "People with disabilities are at high risk for contracting the coronavirus and for experiencing severe illness. Strategies to mitigate the spread of the virus among people with disabilities are essential to ensure health and well-being. However, these strategies are deepening another health crisis in the lives of people with disabilities: heightened risk of violence and abuse. Many people with disabilities are secluded at home - in the community or in longterm care facilities - with the person or persons abusing them and others face new risks of abuse. At the same time, in-person programming and contact between people with disabilities and trusted sources of support have stopped or been significantly curtailed, further limiting opportunities to intervene, enhance safety, and focus on healing. As victim services and disability providers rapidly adapt and mobilize in this changing landscape, it is critical to understand the cascading impacts of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] on survivors with disabilities and to develop sustainable interventions to meet their needs."
National Resource Center for Reaching Victims; Vera Institute of Justice
National Resource Center for Reaching Victims: https://reachingvictims.org/