Disabled Women and Domestic Violence: Responding to the Experiences of Survivors

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Dec 15, 2011 - Social Science - 192 pages
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Domestic violence is encountered by disabled women more frequently than non-disabled women, yet disabled women are less likely to receive appropriate services, and there has been little research on their experiences and how this problem can be addressed. This book, drawing on the first UK national study of disabled women who have suffered domestic violence, highlights the experiences of these women, the nature of the violence perpetrated against them, and the seriousness and range of its impacts. The book draws attention to the gaps in services for disabled women and discusses how professional responses should be developed and improved, pointing to current examples of good practice. It includes first-hand accounts from disabled women and includes contributions from leading disabled women activists. This book will be important reading for students, practitioners, policymakers and academics in the fields of disability and domestic violence.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Acknowledgements
11
Chapter 1 Introduction
13
A Story of Gaps and Failings
25
Chapter 3 Disabled Womens Experiences of Domestic Violence and Abuse
34
Chapter 4 Professional Responses to Disabled Women Affected by Domestic Violence
56
The Personal is Political
82
Policy and Practice
106
Incorporating Issues for Disabled Women Experiencing Domestic Violence
155
Chapter 9 Conclusions
169
Study Methodology
174
About the Authors
178
References
180
Subject Index
186
Author Index
192
Copyright

Good Practice and Recommendations
137

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Ravi K. Thiara is Principal Research Fellow, University of Warwick, UK. She has conducted extensive research in the UK and elsewhere and written widely on violence against women. Gill Hague is Professor of Violence Against Women Studies, University of Bristol, UK, and a founder member of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol. She has conducted key research nationally and internationally, and has worked on gender violence for nearly 40 years, publishing extensively in the field. Ruth Bashall is a prominent activist and consultant on disability issues and continues to be involved in organisations of disabled people. Brenda Ellis is a long standing campaigner for disabled women's rights and issues including domestic violence. Audrey Mullender is Principal of Ruskin College, Oxford, UK. Her distinguished research career has focused on domestic violence, post-adoption issues for birth relatives and groupwork theory.

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