UM Researcher Invited to Set National Goals on Research, Practice and Policy
“Absolutely!” is how Dr. Rosemary Hughes responded when invited to serve on the ‘Justice Strand’ at the National Goals 2015 meeting recently held in Washington, DC. Building on a similar effort in 2003, the National Goals 2015 initiative focuses on the current state of knowledge and identifies national goals in research, practice, and policy in intellectual and developmental disabilities. Based on civil rights protections guaranteed by laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the 2015 goals reflect the U.S. commitment to improving outcomes for people with disabilities.
Dr. Hughes, a senior researcher at the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, is a national leader in research on violence against individuals with disabilities. In a recent review article, she and her colleagues found that over a 10 year period, the prevalence of interpersonal violence against adult women with a disability ranged between 30% and 90%. The prevalence for adult men with a disability was nearly identical.
Dr. Hughes and her research team are currently working with advisors with intellectual disabilities to develop and test a group prevention program for men and women with disabilities. The program is designed to increase knowledge of healthy relationships, abuse, safety planning as well as enhance safety and communication skills and safety self-efficacy.