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Exploring Self-Defense for Women With Disabilities  

Author:  Michelle Ballan.; Molly Freyer.

Source: Volume 22, Number 03, February/March 2017 , pp.39-41(3)

Domestic Violence Report

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Can self-protective actions mitigate the abuse that women with disabilities experience at the hands of their abusers? This article looks at vulnerabilities to self-protection against domestic violence for women with disabilities, as well as considering the possibilities for enhancing these strategies in a safe, disability-sensitive manner.

Keywords: Nonverbal methods of self-protection; nonviolent self-defense; self-defense in avoiding rape completion; harm-reduction; empowerment-focused classes; client assessment; safety planning

Affiliations:  1: Stony Brook Medical School; 2: New York University‚Äôs Silver School of Social Work.

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