Domestic abuse perpetrated against people with disabilities

Domestic abuse perpetrated against people with disabilities

Research commissioned by Women's Aid in October 2007 reveals that people with disabilities are more vulnerable to domestic violence and will often face additional difficulties in attempting to access support. It included the following findings

  • 50% of disabled women have experienced domestic abuse compared with 25% of non disabled women.
  • Disabled women are twice as likely to be assaulted or raped as non-disabled women.
  • Both men and women with a limiting illness or disabilities are more likely to experience intimate partner violence.
  • Disabled women are likely to have to endure it for longer because appropriate support is not available.
  • A study of women who access mental health services identified between 50% and 60% had experienced domestic violence, and up to 20% were currently being abused .