Helping women with disabilities and domestic violence: strategies, limitations, and challenges of domestic violence programs and services

 

Author(s) Chang, Judy C., Sandra L. Martin, kathryn E. Moracco, Lisa Dulli, Donna Scandlin, Mary Beth Louks-Sorrel, Tracy Turner, Leslie Starsoneck, Patty Neal Dorian and Ingrid Bou-Saada
Title Helping women with disabilities and domestic violence: strategies, limitations, and challenges of domestic violence programs and services
Source Journal of Women�s Health,September 2003, Vol. 12, No. 7, pp 699-709
Date 2003
Document type Journal article
Coverage North Carolina, USA
Summary In this study the researchers developed a self-administered survey that was sent to all domestic violence services in North Carolina. The survey asked questions assessing the services provided by the domestic violence programs, the challenges faced and resource and training needs. The vast majority of domestic violence programs reported that they had provided services to at least one woman with a physical or mental disability in the preceding 12 months. The two main challenges identified by the programs in supporting women with disabilities were lack of funding and structural limitations in program facilities. Increased funding would assist in ensuring adequate trained staff, purchasing equipment and making necessary structural changes in their shelters. The services identified a number of strategies they employed to overcome the challenges, with the most important, networking with other services and agencies that support women with disabilities.
Keywords Disability; domestic violence; service delivery
Topic Disability