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Access and utilization of intimate partner violence-related services: The multiple-level barriers encountered by women with disabilities
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR). Umeå Universitet. (DIS-IPV)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5471-9043
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9590-777x
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2023 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Current data suggests a high prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) among women withdisabilities (WWDs), yet there is still scanty research on the experiences of this population regarding access andutilization of IPV services.

Methods: Using qualitative in-depth data obtained from WWDs, our current study sought to identify factors thathinder WWDs from accessing and utilizing IPV services.

Results: This study showed that WWDs exposed to IPV encountered multilevel barriers nested at differentsocietal levels as they attempted to access violence-rated services. At the individual level, the identity category ofdisability, not knowing about certain forms of violence, and being better off silent were the main explanations fornot using IPV services. The role of personal connections was the main factor that influenced the utilization ofIPV services, at the interpersonal level while at the organizational level, a lack of effective communication, powerimbalances, inadequate resources, and failures to follow response standards were identified as the major barriers tousing IPV services. Societal incompetence, as exemplified by treating violence as a taboo and the lack ofregulations criminalizing psychological violence, was the main barrier at the societal level.

Conclusions: Our findings suggest that regarding WWDs, improving their access and utilization of IPV servicesrequires interventions that address barriers at societal multiple levels including the individual, interpersonal,organizational, and societal levels. This should include early interventions and programs that not only targetWWDs but also include other key players such as service providers on violence recognition and improve thequality of services. There is a need to also review laws and regulations regarding psychological violence and thenature of interventions in place for this type of violence. 

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Umeå: Umeå University , 2023. , p. 27
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CEDAR Working Papers ; 2023:26
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Other Medical Sciences
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Public health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-206136OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-206136DiVA, id: diva2:1746574
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, STYB-2019/0005Available from: 2023-03-28 Created: 2023-03-28 Last updated: 2023-03-29Bibliographically approved

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