Domestic Violence against Women with Disability

Domestic Violence against Women with Disability





Summary; understanding the violence against women with disability

Women with disability have faced domestic violence within the society. This presentation will focus on the understanding of violence against women with the disability which has made many disabled women to be treated unfairly by the society. To begin with, domestic violence refers to the point where one party tends to control or perhaps seeks to dominate the other party through whatever means and continues over time and may tend to stick to the violent person by definitely becoming part of them (Lea,2015). Moreover, the violence differs from one form to another with the physical one becoming the most visible and dominant of all the violence, for example, the case of diminishing their self-esteem, threatening and intimidating them and may other forms. The violence takes place in all kinds of relationships ranging from intimate partners such as lovers of the disabled women, the family of the person, and perhaps the friends in the society.

Domestic violence goes through different phases, for example, the honeymoon phase, the tension building phase that precedes the honeymoon phase while the last phase is the explosion phase. Each of the phases is preceded by a series of calm which may last for some time and is experienced differently by the people. Consequently, disability according to the international human rights to the people are physical, mentally, and sensory impaired and cannot perform to the standard as expected by the society as the other people do (Cockram, 2003).

Then from this, we can connect domestic violence with disability and women to mean any kind of violence those women who are either physically or emotionally impaired face from the society due to the wrong judgment from the people. Most of the women with disability goes through the following violence; the sexual abuse which comprises of the fact they are not touched effectively like the other women who are normal, the physical abuse such as withholding of food from them due to the fact that they cannot reach where the food is kept, withholding the disability-related equipment from them for example the wheelchairs and others. Some of them are facing financial violence like the society, or perhaps the family members stealing their properties like money and other substances and taking control of everything that belongs to them since they cannot defend them. More to these, some of them do face emotional violence like abuse from the people in the society, threatening and some are humiliated in the bus stops as the vehicle owners refuse to carry them with the perception of the disabled being difficult to handle and may need some assistance to board the bus and also during the process of coming from the vehicle (Dowse & Toorn, 2013).

In the current society, women with the disability will continue to suffer domestic violence as compared to the women who are normal. These are because they don’t have an alternative to depend on themselves, so it forces some of them to withstand and adhere to the violence from the people around them. Additionally, individuals with the cognitive disability or a problem may not be able to understand things that are happening around them and sometimes may continue to experience sexual assault from the wicked generation without knowing anything and seeking for help. For this reason, some of the disabled may perhaps continue to suffer from the violence since they cannot ask for attention and therefore appropriate assistance especially from the human rights organizations (Frohmader, 2011).


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