Facilitators and barriers to disclosing abuse among women with disabilities

Mary Ann Curry, Paula Renker, Susan Robinson-Whelen, Rosemary B. Hughes, Paul Swank, Mary Oschwald, Laurie E. Powers

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An anonymous audio computer-assisted self-interview (A-CASI) designed to increase awareness of abuse was completed by 305 women with diverse disabilities. Data were also collected about lifetime and past year abuse; perpetrator risk characteristics; facilitators and barriers to disclosing abuse; abuse disclosure to a health provider, case manager, or police officer; and whether a health provider had ever discussed abuse or personal safety. A total of 276 (90%) women reported abuse, 208 (68%) reported abuse within the past year. Women who reported the most abuse experiences in the past year and the most dangerous perpetrators endorsed fewer facilitators and more barriers, but were also more likely to have ever disclosed abuse. Only 15% reported that a health provider had ever discussed abuse and personal safety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-444
Number of pages15
JournalViolence and Victims
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2011


  • Abuse
  • Computer
  • Disability
  • Disclosure
  • Violence
  • Women


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