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NCJ Number: 203577 Find in a Library
Title: Violence Against Women with Physical Disabilities
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:18  Issue:5  Dated:October 2003  Pages:581-590
Author(s): Sharon Milberger; Nathaniel Israel; Barbara LeRoy; Angela Martin; Linda Potter; Pam Patchak-Schuster
Editor(s): Roland D. Maiuro Ph.D.
Date Published: October 2003
Page Count: 10
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To better understand the risks for violence and the coping efforts of women with disabilities exposed to violence this study explored the prevalence, the risk factors, and the types of actions taken related to abusive or violent situations.
Abstract: Recent research indicates that women with disabilities are at a high risk for emotional, sexual, and physical assault. Many women with disabilities are dependent on caregivers, either a spouse, other family members, or paid assistants, for essential personal services. The stress placed on these caregivers can lead to abuse. This study explored risk factors for violence among a sample of 177 adult women over the age of 18 with physical disabilities. The study addressed the questions of what is the prevalence of violence among a sample of physically disabled women, what risk factors for violence exists among these women, and what types of actions do women with physical disabilities engage in to escape abusive situations? The findings reflect that women with physical disabilities are at high risk for abuse, the elevated risk may be correlated to type of disability, and prevention efforts need to be targeted to young women with physical disabilities. In summation, the data indicate that the context of abuse among women with a disability has both clear similarities and distinctive features when compared with women without disability. Isolation and limited economic resources appear to place all women at increased risk for experiencing abuse. References
Main Term(s): Females
Index Term(s): Abused women; Female victims; Persons with Disabilities; Persons with physical disabilities; Victimization; Victimization risk; Victimology
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