Much disability is actually caused by violence. However, the most common connection made when disability is discussed in research literature is that disability is a risk factor affecting the likelihood of violence being perpetrated against women. This Discussion Paper considers violence and disability in a causal relationship.
The paper explores the relationship of experiences of violence to particular disabilities, for example cerebral palsy, behavioural and learning disabilities in children, acquired brain injury, and the effects of depression and anxiety in older years. We hear from women and children about their own experiences. The paper also takes a look at government policy and practice. This paper is written primarily to raise public awareness of violence-induced disability. It is aimed at a broad audience including policy-makers, educators and service providers, and women who have experienced violence-induced disability.
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