March is recognized as National Disability Awareness Month, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is taking an opportunity to raise awareness about people with disabilities who also experience domestic violence.
Did you know ...
The term "disability" encompasses many forms and degrees of impairments, including physical, developmental and psychological disabilities.
Women with disabilities are uniquely vulnerable to all forms of violence, including intimate partner violence. They are significantly more likely to experience physical, sexual, and psychological abuses and stalking than their peers without disabilities. They are also more likely to experience intimate partner control of reproductive and sexual health than women without disabilities.
Men with disabilities are more likely to experience stalking and psychological abuse than their peers without disabilities.
Furthermore, violence against people with disabilities is not recognized by society to be a significant problem, and the needs of victims and survivors are often ignored. Barriers to accessing services compound the impact of violence against people with disabilities.
One of the most effective ways to assist victims of domestic violence with disabilities is to make resources more available and inclusive.