Project Peer

Women with disabilities, especially women with developmental disabilities and mental health issues, are among the populations most vulnerable to domestic and sexual violence. Studies highlight the increased risk, frequency and duration of abuse they experience at the hands of intimate partners, family members and/or caregivers, including transportation providers. With funding from the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence against Women, the DC Coalition in collaboration with 6 local service providers, described at Participating Organizations below, developed various tools to help identify and support these survivors in DC.

Project Peer Vision

In the District of Columbia, survivors of domestic and sexual violence or abuse who have disabilities will live in safe environments, heal and have healthy, successful lives. They will have access to high quality, seamless supports that are person-centered and responsive to each survivor’s needs.

Project Peer Contact List

Anchor Mental Health
DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC)
Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute
Project ACTION!
Ramona’s Way

Project PEER Power and Control Wheel: Designed by the Women’s Knowledge Development work group as a companion to its training, these wheels explain the different types of domestic violence in plain language and with images. If you are interested in ordering an enlarged version, please contact Phyllis Holton (

Judith Karsevar
Project Peer Coordinator
(202) 459-4006



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