Domestic violence and children with disabilities: working towards enhancing social work


Author(s) Baldry, Eileen, Bratel, Joan and Jan Breckenridge
Title Domestic violence and children with disabilities: working towards enhancing social work practice
Source Australian Social Work, June 2006, Vol 59, No 1, pp 185-197.
Date 2006
Document type Journal article
Coverage Australia
Summary This article examines the literature available on domestic violence and children, with a disability and includes case studies to illustrate conceptual issues and how they relate to social work practice. The authors discuss a number of issues relating to recognising and responding to domestic violence in relation to children with disabilities, such as the children not being able to recognise, resist or disclose abuse. In addition the trauma responses of children with a disability to domestic violence may be confused with the effects of a particular impairment. Three case studies are presented to highlight the multitude of ways violence is used by offenders and the range of possible responses by non-offending family members. Intensified social exclusion, difficulties in leaving violence and increased vulnerability of children with disabilities are examined in detail. The gaps in research are discussed and the authors offer suggestions for future research.
Keywords Domestic violence; children; disabilities; vulnerability;​ trauma
Topic Domestic violence; children