Prevalence and risk of violence against children with disabilities: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies 

Author(s) Jones, Lisa, Mark A. Bellis, Sara Wood, Karen Hughes, Ellie McCoy, Lindsay Eckley, Geoff Bates, Christopher Mikton, Tom Shakespeare and Alaria Officer
Title Prevalence and risk of violence against children with disabilities: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies
Source The Lancet, April 2012, Vol 379, Issue. 9826, pp 1621-1629
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Summary A systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature was conducted by the authors to explore the characteristics and coverage of research into the prevalence and risk of violence perpetrated against children with disabilities. Seventeen studies were selected for inclusion, with sample sizes ranging from 41 to 5503 children. This review provides pooled estimates of the prevalence and risk of violence perpetrated against children with disabilities. It was found from these pooled estimates that for all types of violence children with disabilities are at a significantly greater risk of violence than are their peers without disabilities, Another significant finding was that children with mental or intellectual disabilities appear to have a higher prevalence and risk of violence than do children with other disability types. The results further suggest that up to a quarter of children with disabilities will experience violence in their lifetime and are three to four times more likely to be victims of violence than their peers without disabilities
Keywords Disability; children; violence; risk; impairment
Topic Disability