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What do women with learning disabilities say about their experiences of domestic abuse within the context of their intimate partner relationship?

Author(s) Walter-Brice, Alison, Rachel Cox, Helena Priest, and Fiona Thompson
Title What do women with learning disabilities say about their experiences of domestic abuse within the context of their intimate partner relationships?
Source Disability & Society, June 2012, Vol 27, No 4, pp 503-517.
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage United Kingdom
Summary The aim of this research was to examine the experiences of women with learning disabilities who had experienced domestic abuse within the context of their intimate relationships. The study included an examination of their access to services and support. A small qualitative study was conducted with five women using a semi-structured interview method. The authors discuss in detail four themes that emerged from the interviews: the type of abusive experiences, including re-victimisation, the responses to disclosure of the abuse to services, unfairness and injustice, and support networks. In conclusion the authors emphasised the need to raise awareness within society of the discrimination against women with learning disabilities, particularly regarding their status as women.
Keywords Disability; domestic abuse; learning disabilities
Topic Disability; domestic violence