Disabled population susceptible to abuse

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and last Thursday night the Cache County Coalition Against Domestic Abuse launched the month’s activities with an “Empowerment Walk” and candlelight vigil. CAPSA of Logan provides a full range of services to victims of rape and domestic violence. Executive Director Jill Anderson says just recently CAPSA entered a partnership agreement with Options for Independent Living, the USU Center for People with Disabilities and the State Division of Services for People with Disabilities. Anderson says, unfortunately, people with disabilities experience abuse at a much higher rate than the average population. “Typically they’re a more vulnerable population and, unfortunately, that seems to be the target, many times, of abusive individuals,” Anderson says. Anderson also says that this group can also fall victim to those who are meant to care for them and protect them. “They do see caretakers sometimes get frustrated and end up abusing the people that they are caring for,” she says. Anderson says CAPSA wants to make sure the right services are ready and available for individuals with any type of disability.

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