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No Wrong Door: Religion, Disability, and Interpersonal Violence

Date Tuesday, February 27, 2018
11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
FeaturingDr. Ruth Nelson and Dr. Andy Johnson, Associate Professors of Psychology
Location University Library Fireside Lounge - View maps and directions
Instructions for GuestsView maps and directions to University Library Fireside Lounge.
SponsorsOffice of Academic Affairs and Friends of the BU Library

Event Description

There should be "no wrong door" for survivors with disabilities seeking help. In other words, persons with disabilities who experience interpersonal violence should be able to contact clergy, mental health professionals, domestic violence advocates, disability specialists, or any other professional and be treated in a way that ensures safety, accepts and respects the person, empowers the person to make choices, and connects the person with other appropriate resources in a network of help and support. Survivors should not have to determine which door of which professional is going to be supportive and helpful. Each segment of society needs to be transformed so that no door is the wrong door for a survivor with disabilities. This presentation is based on the book, Religion, Disability, and Interpersonal Violence, and will explore implications for diverse professionals to be competent, accessible, respectful, and connected to ensure effectiveness.
Some of this work is based on Dr. Nelson's interviews with 22 Twin Cities pastors and 7 survivors with disabilities from faith backgrounds.


Contact Ann Gannon at 651.635.8717 or agannon@bethel.edu.