THE UN special rapporteur on violence against women has recognised that “violence against women remains a pervasive challenge throughout the United Kingdom” and expressed concern about “how the current austerity measures are having a disproportionate impact, not only in the specific provision of violence against women services, but more generally, on other crosscutting areas affecting women, such as poverty and unemployment, which are contributory factors to violence against women and girls.”
Mainstream domestic violence services often fail to serve disabled women and disabled women cannot easily access support or escape violence.
Evidence shows that women facing violence often experience it in a form directly related to their impairments, such as having medicine or care withheld.
It is estimated that there are 22 deaf women at risk of domestic abuse every day and 42 per cent of deaf LGBT people have reported experiencing domestic violence.
Disabled women experienced different types of violence. Psychological violence, control and isolation are common experiences. Sometimes this is connected to the victim’s impairment, other times it is not.
Escaping domestic violence is difficult for most women, especially as funding for refuges is being cut by local authorities, but mainstream domestic violence services often fail to serve disabled women and disabled women cannot easily access support or escape violence.
It seems then for disabled women, even in 2017, things have not improved in how they are treated in society and that the future holds no real signs of immediate improvement in their situation.