Does someone who is supposed to care for and about you:
- Often make fun of your disability, or tell you you’re unable to make decisions?
- Keep you from talking to or seeing friends and other people, including case managers or advocates?
- Deny access to a wheelchair, other equipment, or programs that might help you live more independently?
- Hurt or threaten to hurt you or your children?
- Threaten to tell social services that you’re unable to care for your children because of your disability?
- Use your money or possessions without your permission?
- Restrain you unnecessarily?
- Withhold your medication or over-medicate you?
- Deny food, water, help with toileting, proper and clean clothing or shelter?
- Leave you alone with no way to call for help?
- Blame your disability—and the stress of caring for you—for their abusive behavior?
- Force you to do sexual things you’re uncomfortable with?
Remember… abuse is NOT a price you have to pay for care.
We know asking for help can be frightening. You may worry about losing your caretaker, abusive or not. You might think no one will understand or believe you. But we will listen and help in whatever way we can.
If someone is abusing you, or if someone you know is being abused, please call our helpline at 1.800.863.9909 or TDD relay services at 1.800.955.3777 for help. We’ll work with you to explore your options, so you can decide what’s best for you.
You don’t deserve to live in fear.