People with disabilities are more likely to experience violence in their lifetime compared to their non-disabled peers. It is not the disability which increases this risk, but the result of societal stigmas, discrimination and lack of knowledge about what it means to be disabled. Domestic and sexual violence are always acts of power and control. With the disabled community, caretakers, doctors, and others are in unique positions of power which creates more opportunities for them to abuse. Perpetrators often strategically target the most vulnerable people in society who are less likely to report due to their marginalization.
There are often additional barriers that survivors with disabilities face due to the non-traditional forms of abuse that occur. This makes it more difficult for the person being victimized and their loved ones to understand what is happening.
Withholding or threatening to withhold medication.
Harming or threatening to harm a service animal.
Preventing someone from accessing needed care.
Telling someone that "they aren't really disabled".
The 12 member programs of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence provide services regardless of gender,age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status or religious or political affiliation.
Funding for this website was provided by The Corporate Fund. New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence PO Box 353, Concord, NH 03302-0353 (603) 224-8893