Women, disability and violence: strategies to increase physical and programmatic access to victims' services for women with disabilities

Author(s)McClain, Lisa
Title Women, disability and violence: strategies to increase physical and programmatic access to victims'  services for women with disabilities
Source The Barbara Waxman Fiduccia Papers on Women and Girls with Disabilities, 2011 series; Center For Women Policy Studies ; March 2011
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Summary This article examines the needs of women with disabilities who have experienced violence, and the response from service providers. The barriers that may prevent women with disabilities accessing services are discussed, including the lack of information available for the women and the unwillingness to leave abuse environments because of dependence on caregivers. The author conducted focus groups with staff of domestic violence and sexual assault service providers and with staff from disability service providers, as well as women with disabilities. An existing strength that was identified was the strong multi-agency collaborations and partnerships between service providers. The need, though, was to build on these interagency skills and to have strong collaboration between domestic violence/sexual assault service providers, and disability service providers. Practical steps to achieving stronger working relationships are outlined, recognising where there may be obstacles and providing a base for building better service delivery.
Keywords Disability; domestic violence; sexual assault; women; support; service providers
Topic

Disability