Only within the last 15 years have disability, domestic violence, and sexual violence researchers and organizations recognized the prevalence of violence in the lives of people with disabilities, as well as the role each field must play in ensuring safe and accessible services for these survivors. While impactful, these efforts have only focused on the experiences of women with disabilities.

Emerging research has demonstrated, however, that men with disabilities experience domestic and sexual violence at rates higher than their counterparts—both males and females without disabilities. In this project, we hypothesize that men with disabilities have unique needs currently unmet by victim service providers and the criminal justice system. By understanding the unique needs of male survivors with disabilities, we will be better equipped to work on increasing the field’s capacity to address their needs.

Since 2014, CVS has been conducting an exploratory analysis of this topic. We have convened experts from across the country—self-advocates, survivors, and practitioners—to begin important discussions about the lived experiences of male survivors and implications this work could have for policy and practice in the field.