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August 4, 2017

Family Service Toronto is seeking to recruit women labelled with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (ID/DD) and who have experienced sexual abuse for a study that could lead to improved counselling and support services.

Few counselling services in Toronto serve specific needs of ID/DD women who have been sexually-abused and the benefits of peer support have not been studied in this population.

Both peer mentors as well as clients are being recruited for the study, which is funded by Women College Hospital’s Women’s Xchange. It will provide 10 participants with counselling and peer support over a period of five months. The study will document the service provision process and examine the impact on the participants’ resilience and quality of life.

Recruitment will run from August to October 2017 and the study will be completed by April 2018.

For more information on how to participate in this study as a client or a peer mentor, visit Sexual Assault in Women with Intellectual Disabilities Study page.

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