Gender-based violence against women with disabilities: Prevalence and experience

Yau, Carmen. 2023. Gender-based violence against women with disabilities: Prevalence and experience. In: Wanhong Zhang; Elisabeth Perioli Bjørnstøl; Peng Ding; Wei Gao; Hanxu Liu and Yijun Liu, eds. Disability, Sexuality, and Gender in Asia: Intersectionality, Human Rights, and the Law. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 168-186. ISBN 9780367771928 [Book Section]

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This study aims to investigate the prevalence and experiences of gender-based violence against women with disabilities in Chinese communities. A mixed-method study is applied by conducting a questionnaire survey with 80 women with disabilities to draw an overview of prevalence and nature of violence, survivors’ coping strategies, and challenges in seeking help, as well as three in-depth interviews to outline the experience of partner violence against disabled women. According to the results of the survey, 30% of the respondents reported having experienced domestic violence, 34% have experienced sexual harassment, and four respondents indicated that they experienced sexual violence. A total of 66% of the respondents who experienced domestic violence reported that they did not seek help and 85% of the respondents who experienced sexual harassment did not seek help. For those who experienced sexual violence, none of them sought help. Findings from interviews echo the results from the questionnaire survey. Interviewees further shared their experience in terminating partner violence. Recommendations for policymakers and service providers are provided.

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Disability; Gender based violence

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)
Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Social Work


1 August 2023Published

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17 Oct 2023 15:15

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