Domestic Violence Refuges Not Accessible For People With Physical Disabilities

Same Difference

Just one in ten domestic violence refuge spaces in the UK is accessible to people with physical disabilities, a BBC investigation has found.

Of the 131 councils that responded to a Freedom of Information request by BBC 100 Women, 20 had no accessible spaces.

And only 11% of individual domestic violence spaces are fully accessible.

It comes after a report last week suggested women with disabilities are more likely to experience domestic violence than those without.

The ONS report said 16.8% of women with long-term illness or disability were subjected to domestic abuse, compared to 6.3% of women without a disability.

Domestic abuse can include physical, sexual or emotional abuse – as well as withdrawing care from people with long-term illnesses or disabilities.

‘Used and abused’

Sarah (not her real name) said she was repeatedly sexually abused by someone she thought was a friend.

She said her physical disability added…

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