Women Fleeing Violence and Access to Healthcare

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While both men and women are impacted by intimate partner violence, women make up the vast majority of cases, and are also more likely to be seriously injured or killed as a result of incidents of domestic violence. For example, of the 81 intimate partner victims of violations causing death reported by police in 2016, 63 (78%) were female.  

After escaping abuse, women and children fleeing violence must be able to access a variety of social services in order to rebuild their lives. One of the most necessary services and often a first step after experiencing violence is to seek physical and mental healthcare.  

While healthcare in Canada is universal, there are prevalent stigmas and biases that can make it difficult for many to not only access healthcare, but to receive effective and respectful treatment.  

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Can Having a Disability Alter the Experience of Domestic Violence?

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Women living with one or more disabilities disproportionately experience violence, including domestic violence. In fact, compared to non-disabled women, they are nearly twice as likely to experience sexual or physical assault by an intimate partner in their lifetime.  

Living with a disability can also impact the way abuse is experienced. How a disability affects one physically, mentally, financially, or otherwise could become something an abuser uses against a woman. 

The way women experience abuse can also be influenced by their disability. The physical, mental, financial and other implications of their disability could potentially be exploited by their abuser.  

Further, the challenges faced because of a disability can add an additional layer of hardship when fleeing. Finding a safe space that provides all the necessary amenities to accommodate unique needs can be difficult for a woman living with one or more disabilities. Today we dig deeper into how having a disability changes the way abuse and fleeing an abuser is experienced. 

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What challenges do mothers face when fleeing an abuser?

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Domestic violence is a pervasive problem in Canada, accounting for 30% of all incidents of violence reported to police in 2018.  Each survivor’s story is unique, and each must navigate her own set of challenges and build on her own strengths. 

Many of the women walking through Dixon’s doors are not alone in their journey to seek a life free from violence. Several are mothers. 

Motherhood naturally comes with its own set of challenges when it comes to fleeing an abuser. Many of these challenges can even act as a deterrent to leaving and/or seeking help. 

Survivors usually understand their situations the best, more so than anyone else. The decisions women make are often made in order to protect their own interests and those of their children and are influenced by a variety of factors. 

Understanding these factors is critical in not only supporting mothers as they flee their abusers, but also in preventing subsequent abuse and ending cycles of violence. Join us as we take a deep dive into how mothers experience domestic violence. 

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