Being Safer: A Guide for Women with Intellectual Challenges

There are laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms says everyone in Canada has the right to live, be free and be safe. Canada signed an agreement with other countries called the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This agreement says every woman with a disability has the right to live safely without violence or abuse. She also has the right to privacy and to decide what is best for herself.

This booklet is a “safety plan workbook”. A safety plan is used to help you to be safer. It gives you the chance to think about what to do ahead of time and how to handle the situation if you are abused or you are unsafe.