Women with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be physically or sexually abused than women without disabilities. Additionally, women with disabilities also experience physical and psychological violence and abuse and neglect that take on forms specific to women with disabilities, for example, withholding medication or food and water, withholding access to assistive devices, removing ramps, refusal of caregivers to assist with daily living.
When seeking help and support and reporting incidences of abuse and violence women with disabilities experience many barriers accessing services including in the justice system.
Resources in this section include evidence and research relating to violence against women with disabilities, and practical examples of ways development programs can ensure that women with disabilities are included in programs that address gender based violence.
See also: Child Protection, Sexual and reproductive health, Law and Justice.