Abuse of Women with Disabilities

Did you know that...

Women with disabilities have a 40% greater chance of intimate partner violence than women without disabilities?

Women with disabilities may experience unique forms of abuse that are difficult to recognize—making it even harder to get the kind of help they need. Such abuse may include:

  • Removing or destroying a person’s mobility devices (e.g., wheelchairs, scooters, walkers)
  • Denying access to and/or taking prescribed medication from someone
  • Forcing someone to take medication against her will
  • Forcing someone to lie in soiled undergarments
  • Preventing access to food
  • Inappropriately touching a person while assisting with bathing and/or dressing
  • Denying access to disability-related resources in the community and/or to health care appointments