People with Disabilities
Having a disability can impact people in a variety of ways. This can include sight, physical mobility, hearing, mental health, communication, and understanding. Having a disability or needing supports to have your needs met does not mean that you deserve to be abused. It is not an excuse for the abuser’s behaviour. It is important to know that neglect is abuse. Neglect includes not being given proper housing, enough food, medication, clothing, withholding of personal care, and destroying or withholding assistive aids. Medication abuse includes using medication for any purpose other than to deal with a health issue. This can include manipulation of medications to cause pain or reduce ability, over- or under-medicating against a doctor’s direction, not filling a prescription, or stealing your medication for other uses or resale.
If you have a disability here are some concerns you might have:
- Being taken seriously. You may feel people don’t believe you because of your disability or see what is happening as your fault because you require supports to meet your needs.
- Children. You may depend on your abuser to care for the children or worry that you may not be granted custody due to your disability.
- Transportation. You may be dependent on others or an accessible public transportation system to get around.
- Loss of supports. Your abuser may be your primary caregiver and you are worried about not having the help you need if you end your relationship with them.
- Finding somewhere to live. You may have concerns about finding a place to live that meets your needs and that you can afford.
- Fear of having to move to an institution. Your abuser may threaten to ‘put you in a home’ or an institution.
- Finding accessible shelter or support services. You may have concerns that shelters or support services available to help you leave the abusive relationship are not accessible or do not understand the impact of your disability on your life.
- Communication. You may depend on the abuser to assist you with communication, such as sign language or helping others understand your speech.
WHO to Contact
Saskatchewan Voices of People With Disabilities (Regina)
CNIB Helpline (National)
Saskatchewan Association for Community Living
Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Toll free: 1-800-667-6575
Video Phone: 306-665-6578 (Saskatoon) or
Toll free: 1-800-565-3323
Video Phone: 306-352-3322 (Regina)
Canadian Mental Health Association Saskatchewan
Toll free 1-800-461-5483
South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre
North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre
Saskatchewan Abilities Council
Mobile Crisis Services Regina
Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service
Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Unit