‘I can’t forget’: experiences of violence and disclosure in the childhoods of disabled women

Shah, S., Tsitsou, L. and Woodin, S. (2016) ‘I can’t forget’: experiences of violence and disclosure in the childhoods of disabled women. Childhood, 23(4), pp. 521-536. (doi: 10.1177/0907568215626781)

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Violence against children is a human rights problem that cuts across gender, race, geographical, religious, socio-economic status and cultural boundaries. The risk of violence towards disabled children during their lifetime is 3-4 times greater than towards non-disabled children. It starts in early childhood, is more severe and linked to disablist structures in society. Violence is perpetrated by individuals and through institutional practices that are part of disabled children’s everyday life. Violence is often misdiagnosed as related to individual impairment, and not recognised by professionals or the victims themselves. Presenting disabled women’s reflections of childhood violence, help seeking and responses to disclosure, this article seeks to raise an awareness of violence towards disabled girls and the need for these to be recognised as a serious child protection issue to be included in official definitions of child abuse.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tsitsou, Dr Lito and Shah, Dr Sonali
Authors: Shah, S., Tsitsou, L., and Woodin, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Childhood
ISSN (Online):1461-7013
Published Online:12 February 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Childhood 23(4): 521-536

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