Who is No Wrong Door NJ?
- No Wrong Door New Jersey, a statewide collaboration of The Arc of New Jersey, the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women, and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, received a three-year federal grant in October 2007 from the Office of Violence Against Women to address the needs of women with intellectual and developmental disabilities and women with mental illness who experience domestic and sexual violence.
Why This Project?
- No Wrong Door NJ is addressing the need for greater accessibility of sexual and domestic violence programs to women with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or mental health disabilities.
- No Wrong Door NJ addresses the need for greater knowledge of disability on the part of victim service organizations concerning women with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness that have experienced domestic and sexual violence.
- No Wrong Door NJ addresses the need for greater knowledge related to domestic and sexual violence on the part of disability service providers and advocates working with women with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness who have experienced violence.
- No Wrong Door NJ believes that women with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or mental illness are possibly the least understood and most feared of all women with disabilities.
- Intellectual and developmental disability and mental illness, while sometimes co-occurring, are often not distinguished by domestic and sexual violence service providers. (what does this mean for providers?)
- Studies report that women with intellectual and developmental disabilities are four to ten times more likely to experience sexual or domestic violence, and various other forms of abuse including emotional and financial abuse than women without such disabilities.
New Jersey’s Experience
- In 2006 in NJ, 329,431 clients were served by the public mental health system. About 53% were women.
- While NJ does not collect data on women clients of the public mental health system who have experienced domestic or sexual violence, other studies have indicated that over 60% of women with mental illness have experienced sexual assault and over 50% have experienced intimate partner violence.
- Of the 9,572 women who received services from NJ domestic violence programs in 2005, about 400 were indicated as having a mental health disability.
- There are no statistics specifically on people with intellectual or developmental disabilities who experience domestic or sexual violence in NJ. There are also no statistics on people with mental health disabilities who experience sexual violence.
Goals of No Wrong Door NJ
No Wrong Door NJ will build the capacity of local organizations by
- The goal of No Wrong Door NJ is that survivors of sexual and domestic violence will be treated with dignity and respect through a seamless, integrated system where they will receive timely, appropriate and sufficient services regardless of whether they access services at victim services programs or at disability programs.
- No Wrong Door NJ will meet its goal through building the capacity of intellectual and developmental disability organizations, mental health organizations, and domestic and sexual violence organizations, to be able to provide an integrated continuum of services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence with disabilities.
- Fostering collaborative partnerships
- Developing and promoting promising practices and policies for service provision
- Encouraging the participation of survivors with disabilities in the development, delivery, and evaluation of the initiative
- Encouraging accountability and responsibility as an integral part of the continuum of services
- Supporting continuous quality improvement