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NCJ Number: 228311 Find in a Library
Title: Interpersonal Violence and Women with Disabilities: Analysis of Safety Promoting Behaviors
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:15  Issue:9  Dated:September 2009  Pages:1040-1069
Author(s): Laurie E. Powers; Paula Renker; Susan Robinson-Whelen; Mary Oschwald; Rosemary Hughes; Paul Swank; Mary Ann Curry
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 30
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports on the findings of specific safety promoting behaviors used by women with diverse disabilities and deaf women who are victims of interpersonal violence.
Abstract: Women with disabilities experience physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, but are also at risk for disability-specific forms of violence such as destruction of mobility or communication devices, manipulation of medications, neglect or refusal to provide essential personal care, and elevated exposure to financial abuse. They are also at risk from assistants, helpers, and health care providers as well as intimate partners. The findings portray a hopeful picture of many women who have someone they could talk to about abuse, have taken multiple steps to protect their money, have skills to recognize interpersonal violence, and have taken steps to both keep their relationships safe and plan for emergencies. Similar to women without disabilities, participants were much more likely to reach out to informal sources of support, such as talking to a trusted friend, than using formal resources such as the police, a domestic violence agency, or Adult Protective Services. Like women without disabilities, study participants who had experienced past year abuse and had perpetrators with the most risk characteristics, were generally more likely to use safety promoting behaviors. Differences were not found in women's use of safety promoting behaviors by abuse or perpetrator class for abuse skills or emergency safety planning. Data were collected from a study involving 306 adult women with diverse disabilities who participated in the Safer and Stronger Program. The study suggests that women with disabilities employ similar safety promoting behaviors as women without disabilities. Tables, figures, and references
Main Term(s): Abused women; Persons with Disabilities
Index Term(s): Attitudes toward victims; Crime prevention education; Female victims; Innocent victims; Rape prevention programs; Sexual assault victims; Situational crime prevention; Victim profiles; Victim program implementation; Victimization risk; Victims of violent crime; Violence prevention
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