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Project SAFE
(Safety and Accessibility for Everyone)

What is Project SAFE?
The Project SAFE Network is a statewide, multidisciplinary collaboration dedicated to raising awareness, improving accessibility, and training to service providers and criminal justice professionals about sexual assault and domestic violence against individuals with disabilities.

Mission
Advocating to end abuse and violence against individuals with disabilities.

Vision Statement
Project SAFE works together toward one common vision: Safety and Accessibility for Everyone.

Goals
To build capacity for sustainable, victim-centered systems and collaborations
To increase knowledge and skills regarding abuse and violence against individuals with disabilities through education, training and information sharing, and
To develop accessible, safe and welcoming environments.

Why is Project SAFE needed?
In Kentucky, over 874,000 people have a disability of some kind.
Risk of abuse is 2-5 times higher than people without disabilities.
Children with disabilities are 4 times more likely to experience violence than children without disabilities.
Women with disabilities are 4 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than women without disabilities.
55% of men with disabilities report experiencing physical abuse.
83% of women and 32% of men with intellectual disabilities report sexual abuse.
68%-83% of women with developmental disabilities will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
Overall: 90% are sexually abused in their lifetime. Only 3% will report it.

What does Project SAFE do to help?
Members can provide disability-related training and resource referrals throughout Kentucky pertaining to:
Domestic and Sexual Violence
Intervention and Prevention
Safety Planning
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance
Collaboration Building

Local Collaborations
Bowling Green, Louisville, Northern Kentucky and Ashland

Model documents to help you start your own local collaboration

2014 Meeting Dates
  • Network Committee Meetings-Wednesday, October 8 in Bowling Green (location TBD); Wednesday, December 17 in Frankfort, (location TBD)
  • Training Committee Meetings-1st Monday of the month at 10:00 at the Ky Domestic Violence Association in Frankfort
  • Structural Development and Sustainability Committee Meetings-1st Monday of the month at 1:00 at the Capital Plaza Tower 2nd floor conference room
  • Executive Committee Meetings-3rd Monday of the month at 1:00 at the Capital Plaza Tower 2nd floor conference room

Strategic Plan Executive Summary

Project SAFE Resource Guide

Executive Committee

 

 

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To request assistance or to join the Project SAFE Network, contact Meg Savage with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association at msavage@kdva.org  or Beth Metzger with the Kentucky Division of Protection and Advocacy at Elizabeth.metzger@ky.gov

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