Double S Instructional Systems

Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices for People with Developmental Disabilities

Abuse Reduction | Double S Instructional Systems


Why do we call the approach Abuse Risk Reduction and not Abuse Prevention? The sad reality is that we will never be able to prevent abuse. It is too common and rampant. But we can do things to reduce the chances of abuse occurring and we can help the person once abuse has occurred. So our goal is to develop an approach that reduces the risk of abuse. We will focus on providing training at three times: Before, During, and After.

Over 60% of adults with developmental disabilities have experienced some form of abuse. Among adults who are developmental disables 83% of females and 32% of males are victims of sexual assault. Yet even though many are abused over 50% do not report the abuse.Abuse is often committed by someone who is know and trusted, and the abuse can go on for years.