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Research project - disabled women and domestic violence 07.11.07

Women's Aid have undertaken a groundbreaking research project which explores disabled women’s experiences of domestic violence and investigates existing service provision available to them.
The research started in September 2005, and will continue until 2008.  It's funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Women’s Aid. The researchers have now produced their  Interim Report:


Who's doing the research?

Research is being conducted by a team based at the Violence Against Women Research Group, University of Bristol and the Centre for the Study of Safety and Well-being, University of Warwick. The team are disabled and non-disabled researchers, and will be advised by disabled women/organisations and Women’s Aid. 

What are the aims of the research?

The research aims to: 

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the needs of disabled women experiencing domestic violence
  • Identify gaps in assistance to disabled women experiencing abuse, both within disability services and domestic violence services
  • Identify and examine examples of good practice and policy
  • Make recommendations for policy and service development in the fields of community provision and health and social services, to meet these identified needs

What are the findings so far?

The interim report is based on two national surveys – one of  domestic violence organisations and one of disabled people’s organisations. Specialist facilities and accessible services were in short supply in both sectors.  One recurrent issue was lack of secure on-going funding, which held many organisations back from developing their services as fully and inclusively they might wish.  The provision of appropriate training, and improved liaison between the two sectors, would help to provide a better service for disabled women experiencing abuse.

The report is also available on the following websites:
Bristol University
Warwick University