Research shows that women with
disabilities are targeted for abuse, stay in abusive relationships
longer, and are abused at higher rates than women without
To address this concern, Barrier
Free Justice was launched at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office
in 2000. Considering issues specific to each woman’s psychiatric,
physical, or cognitive disability, this project assists with
managing the barriers that arise when individuals from this
community navigate the criminal justice system.
A network of involved social
workers, case managers, and attorneys provide guidance, support, and
concrete services to facilitate the victims’ steps toward safety.