#06-17 Violence and disability

For women with disabilities, violence by caregivers is very serious, all too common, and still nearly invisible. Special barriers, both physical and attitudinal, can make it especially hard for them to exit the situation. Activists are determined to make shelters and services responsive.

Host(s): Jean Parker, of Disability Radio Worldwide
Featured Speakers/Guests: Gill Hague, co-director of the Violence Against Women Research Group at the University of Bristol, UK; Sharon Hickman, founder, Domestic Violence Initiative for Women with Disabilities, Denver, Colorado, USA.

Credits: Gill Hague’s speech to the 4th Forensic Disabilities Conference in Melbourne produced by Rachel O’Connell of Women on the Line; interview with Sharon Hickman (1995) courtesy of Disability Radio Worldwide Archives.

Comments: These interviews are from the WINGS archives. Gill Hague’s research group has morphed into the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the University of Bristol. Sharon Hickman died in 2015, but the Domestic Violence Initiative for Women with Disabilities still operates and has the same url given in the program.