People living with disabilities are four times more likely to be victimized than others. The Crime Prevention Ottawa committee, Connecting on Disability and Abuse (CODA), is leading efforts to address the problem.

CPO also funds research and initiatives to shed light and find solutions to this important problem in our community.

Connecting on Disability and Abuse

Connecting on Disability and Abuse (CODA) is a community-based initiative with the goal of developing community capacity to address abuse and disability issues through prevention and education.

CODA provides an open forum for discussion, conducts research and defines emerging priorities to influence policy, legislative, funding and service decisions. The group also advocates for the rights and needs of people living with disabilities. Its goal is to break the silence around issues of abuse and disability and to develop effective partnership networks and initiatives.

The CODA committee meets every two months. Read the committee’s Terms of Reference and Definition of Abuse.

Dealing with abuse

Anyone can experience abuse. Understanding abuse and knowing what is happening can help people speak up and stay safe.

Abuse is a violent act that causes physical, emotional or financial harm to an individual. Abuse can happen at home, on the street, on public transportation or in institutions (school, police custody, prison, hospitals, etc.).

Abuse is about power and control. People with more power can abuse those with less power. Because of ableism (prejudice against people living with disabilities), people living with disabilities are vulnerable to abuse.

Forms of abuse include physical, sexual, psychological, financial, neglect or desertion, and spiritual.

Learn about the abuse of people living with disabilities – and what you can do about it – in our information booklet. You can also order copies using our online order form.