Canadian Study Finds Women With Disability At Greater Risk Of
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 4, 2006
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--Women with disabilities are 40 percent more likely than other women to be targets of violence at the hands of their husbands or male partners, a recent Canadian study has found.
The peer-reviewed report, entitled "Partner Violence Against Women With Disabilities: Prevalence, Risk, and Explanations", was published in the September issue of the journal of Violence Against Women.
Researchers at the University of Manitoba analyzed interview data from 7,027 women in marriages or common-law unions across Canada from the five years leading up to 1999. They found that women with disabilities were at a much higher risk than those without disabilities of being threatened, pushed, slapped, choked or sexually assaulted by their male partners.
The study's author, Douglas A. Brownridge, said that the perpetrators' characteristics -- such as dominance, jealousy, possessiveness and aggression -- accounted for the difference in rates of domestic violence between the two groups. The researchers found that male partners of those with disabilities were 1 1/2 times more likely to be jealous of their partners, and 2 1/2 times more likely to act in a "dominating manner" toward them than were partners or spouses of women without disabilities.
The researchers reasoned that the abusers often believe their partners won't report the violence because the victims depend on their abusers for their daily care.
Brownridge told the CBC that he hopes his findings will be used to improve education among those who care for women with disabilities, especially their doctors.
"Partner Violence Against Women With Disabilities: Prevalence, Risk, and Explanations" (Violence Against Women)
"Women Who Are Deaf Face Special Challenges When Domestic Violence Strikes" (Anixter Center)