Facilitators and barriers to disclosing abuse among women with disabilities 

Author(s) Curry, Mary Ann, Paula Renker, Susan Robinson-Whelen, Rosemary B Hughes, Paul Swank, Mary Oschwald and Lauri E Powers
Title Facilitators and barriers to disclosing abuse among women with disabilities
Source Violence and Victims,2011 , Vol. 26, Number 4 pp430- 444
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study is based on responses to the Safer and Stronger Program, an audio computer-assisted self-interview program which aims to increase awareness of interpersonal violence (IPV) and encourage safe behaviour among women with disabilities. One in five women in the study agreed there was no point in reporting abuse because they believed nothing could be done about it. One significant finding was that women with cognitive disabilities, when compared with women without cognitive disabilities, reported more barriers, and the highest differences included fear of losing independence, reporting to police, and being injured or killed. A number of recommendations for future research are made, including the need to identify barriers experienced by health providers in screening women with disabilities for IPV. It is also suggested that communication networks and cross-training needs to be developed across services, such as disability, domestic violence, sexual assault and law enforcement.
Keywords Disability; interpersonal violence; IPV; abuse; domestic violence
Topic Disability