Domestic Violence and Physical Disability: Awareness and Advocacy

By: Tegan Stuart, OCADSV Intern (summer 2018)

Social isolation and lack of independence are major risk factors for victims of domestic violence. While persons living with physical disabilities are subject to traditional forms of domestic violence they are also often subject to other forms of abuse such as neglect, withholding of necessities, and elevated physical restrictions due to already restricted movement and actions taken by the individual doing harm. If an individual is reliant on partner care, not only is a power dynamic created, but also a unique set of barriers for help are put into place. In addition to this, many program centers, shelters or legal buildings are physically inaccessible or ban the use of necessary service animals.

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Meditation and Breath techniques

By Trisha Elizarde-Miller, OCADSV Executive Administrative Assistant and Yoga Instructor

In times of stress, it is easy to retreat into what we know is comfortable or what is habitual. When we are not stressed and are asked the question, “How do you handle stress?” it is easy to come up with practices that you want to do, but may not have been able to do. So, what can you do to calm down your nervous system? The following tools listed below are suggestions. They may or may not work the first time or they may or may not work for you at all. The beauty of these practices, however, is that they may teach you something about yourself. Always approach exploration with curiosity and without expectation. Always know to press on the brake when you need to! This article is split up into three sections: Meditation & Mindfulness, Asana, and Breath Techniques.

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