Intellectual disabilities, domestic violence and legal engagement

Douglas, Heather and Harpur, Paul (2016) Intellectual disabilities, domestic violence and legal engagement. Disability and Society, 31 3: 305-321. doi:10.1080/09687599.2016.1167673

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Author Douglas, Heather
Harpur, Paul
Title Intellectual disabilities, domestic violence and legal engagement
Journal name Disability and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-0508
Publication date 2016-03-15
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09687599.2016.1167673
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 31
Issue 3
Start page 305
End page 321
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract There is increasing recognition that legal responses to domestic violence can only be effective if those who implement the law – for example, child protection workers, police and magistrates – are also effective. This article draws on the narratives of women with intellectual disabilities to analyse their experiences of engaging with the legal system as a response to domestic violence. In particular, the article considers whether they have access to appropriate support to utilise the remedies afforded by the law on an equal basis to survivors without disabilities. In considering this we draw on the concept of supported decision-making, an approach recommended by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Keyword Domestic violence
Intellectual disability
Legal responses
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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