Interpersonal violence against people with disabilities: understanding the problem from a rural context


Author(s) Fitzsimons, Nancy M, Hagemeister, Annette K, and Elizabeth J Braun
Title Interpersonal violence against people with disabilities: understanding the problem from a rural context
Source Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 2011, Vol. 10, Issue 3, pp 166-188.
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
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Summary This article reviews rural-focused literature on domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse and a number of themes regarding interpersonal violence against people with disabilities in rural communities are identified. The authors explore some of the unique risks and difficulties experienced by rural women who are victims of interpersonal violence, including geographic isolation, rural cultural values, lack of resources and support and limited response from the criminal justice system. The implications for social workers and other service providers working in areas such as disability, health, and criminal justice are also discussed, including the need for service providers to understand the existing barriers and the need to work collaboratively with other organisations to support these victims.
Keywords Disability; interpersonal violence; IPV; rural; domestic violence; elder abuse.
Topic Disability