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Making the links: disabled women and domestic violence 02.07.08

Women’s Aid has published a report which looks into the support available to disabled women experiencing violence in their own homes.

making the linksWhat the report is about

The report examines existing service provision, and identifies gaps in provision and associated support – highlighted both by service providers and by disabled women themselves. 

The main findings
The researchers show that disabled women experience a greater need for services – based on the nature and extent of the abuse they experience – but this is accompanied by far less provision than is generally available for non-disabled women; therefore the barriers facing disabled women who try to escape from abuse are often almost insuperable.


Recommendations include awareness raising and training in domestic violence issues and disability equality for all relevant agencies, improved partnership working between domestic violence service providers and disabled people’s organisations, and the development of a comprehensive range of accessible support services.

Download the report:

If you would like a printed report, you can purchase the Summary of Findings and Recommendations for Good Practice from Women’s Aid for £5 per copy. For further info, please call 0117 944 4411.