Domestic Abuse of Disabled Women in Wales
Disability Wales, Welsh Women’s Aid and Glamorgan University have come together to investigate the experiences of disabled women living with domestic abuse in Wales.
The research aims to fill an almost total knowledge gap relating to a cohort of Welsh society who experience multiple discrimination and social exclusion: disabled women who have experienced, or are experiencing, domestic abuse (DA).
Disabled women can fall through the gaps of service provision, because mainstream domestic abuse services may not have the resources to deal with the specificities of abuse against disabled women, while few organisation’s of and for disabled people consider dealing with domestic abuse to be part of their remit. National and local policies and practice omit appropriate measures to ensure disabled women receive the right level of support at the right time. Disabled women are perceived to be less capable and an easy target and are therefore likely to be more vulnerable to DA, which kills 2 women every week in England and Wales and affects 1 in 4 women at some point during their lifetime.
Aims and objectives
A key purpose of the research is to inform, influence and make recommendations for policy and service development in Wales. We also hope to identify, examine and disseminate examples of good practice and policy across Wales, the UK and the EU.
- To examine the number of disabled women experiencing DA in Wales.
- To identify barriers that disabled women experience when seeking help and support.
- Produce short case studies allowing the voices of disabled women who have experienced DA to be heard.
- To ascertain the awareness of available DA support amongst disabled women, and to increase awareness.
If you would like to find out more about this research project and/or you are keen to contribute your own views/experiences please contact: email@example.com Tel: 029 20887325
This is an eight month research project funded by the Welsh Assembly Government’s ‘New Ideas Social Research Fund’.