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Abuse and Disabilities: What You Need to Know - October 13

“Abuse and Disabilities: What You Need to Know”

October 13, 2022

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the virtual training “Abuse and Disabilities: What You Need to Know.”  The presenter will discuss how individuals with disabilities are more vulnerable to abuse and the available resources to support survivors with disabilities.

Session Description:

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1,437,186 Virginians over the age of 18 have a disability. Statistics tell us that individuals with disabilities are much more likely to become a victim of crime than an individual without disabilities. In this training session, Jackie Robinson Brock will provide an overview of types of disabilities, discuss the intersections of abuse and disabilities, and share resources to best support survivors with disabilities, including the I-CAN Project of the Partnership for People with Disabilities.


Jackie Robinson Brock

Jackie Robinson Brock earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with a concentration in Social Work Administration, Planning, and Policy Practice (SWAPP). She also obtained a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from VCU’s Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. She is employed at the VCU Partnership for People with Disabilities. She is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor-Policy, IMH-E®️. At the Partnership, Jackie serves as a Program Specialist in Early Childhood and Health and works on a variety of projects. Jackie is the Assistant Director of the Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. She is Virginia’s Workforce Collaboration Director-Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She is the Director for an Early Intervention Project ECHO. Jackie currently serves as the Project Coordinator for the I-CAN! Accessibility Project, which is a partnership project between the VCU School of Social Work and the VCU Partnership for People with Disabilities. This project seeks to increase equal access to the courts for people with disabilities. Before working at the Partnership, Jackie worked with children and families in a transitional homeless shelter, and as a lead teacher in childcare settings. Her interest areas include disability, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, early childhood, homelessness, and the justice of Indigenous people. Jackie primarily engages in advocacy and research to promote environmental systems change.  

Participant Registration and Cost: This training is free. Participants need to register in advance for the training.  Click here to register.