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Domestic violence and women with learning disabilities

It has long been known that domestic violence against women is very common and damaging to individuals and wider society. There is a huge body of evidence regarding domestic violence in the general population (e.g. Mullender et al 2002, Walby and Allen 2004). In addition, there is a smaller body of research on domestic violence of women with physical and sensory impairments, from Canada, the US and the UK (McNamara and Brooker 2000, Yoshida et al 2009, Thiara et al 2011). This suggests that women with disabilities have a greater likelihood of experiencing domestic violence, but less access to domestic violence services compared to other women. However, little is known about the experiences of women with learning disabilities in relation to domestic violence.