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Disability abuse is when a person becomes a victim of abuse because they have a disability. Victimization can include physical
violence, sexual violence, psychological or emotional abuse, and
Because abuse is about power and control, people with disabilities may face unique challenges and barriers to accessing support.
Current knowledge about victimisation of persons with
disabilities is based on a small number of studies, and little is known
about victimisation of specific groups such as persons with traumatic
While anyone can experience violence, abuse or neglect, people with disabilities are at greater risk. Persons with disabilities are 4 to 10 times more likely to become
a victim of violence, abuse, or neglect than persons without
disabilities. Children with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be physically or sexually abused as children without disabilities.
Risks for people with disabilities: