This is the final report on the first ever national UK study of the needs of disabled women experiencing domestic violence and of the services available to meet these needs. For many years, Women's Aid, together with many disabled women activists and some disability organisations, has recognised the lack in the UK both of national research, and of systematic services and policies, on disability and domestic abuse. In attempting to address this issue, however, it proved very difficult over a long period in the 1990s and 2000s to raise any national funding at all, in either the academic or the policy fields.
After several years of effort, Women's Aid was finally able to secure funding in 2005, through the generous sponsorship of the Big Lottery Fund, to conduct this study on the needs of abused, disabled women, and on the effectiveness of services provided. The Violence Against Women Research Group at the University of Bristol and the Centre for the Study of Safety and Well-being at the University of Warwick were commissioned to conduct the research. Both of these UK research groups work on issues of gender violence within an activist and feminist frame, and attempt, whenever possible, to raise the voices and views of women survivors and their children.
Added: February 5, 2015