The Sexual Violence and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Response Collaborative (SVIDD) is a collective, concerted effort to identify and address the sources of sexual violence perpetrated against individuals with IDD and other at-risk adults in Arizona. Formed in 2018, the Collaborative includes more than 100 participants representing the disability community (including self-advocates and disability advocacy organizations), crisis response, service providers, physical and behavioral healthcare, state and local government agencies, criminal justice, education, and other concerned communities across the state. The Collaborative is comprised of four Work Groups:
- Criminal Justice
- School Abuse Prevention Best Practices
- Training and Prevention
- Trauma Informed Care Access for Individuals with IDD
Through the work groups, the Collaborative has produced a variety of policy, advocacy, education, and training resources (linked below) in order to increase awareness and improve response to the epidemic of sexual violence experienced by Arizonans with disabilities. We are always looking for fellow Arizonans to strengthen our work by joining this Collaborative. If interested in participating, contact Leigh Ann Davis at [email protected] to learn more.
Funding to support the Collaborative is provided by the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council through a grant to The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD) and The Arc of Arizona. NCCJD acts as Coalition Coordinator for the strategic planning and outreach work of the Collaborative.