Resources to Stop Violence
Against Women with Disabilities

Regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or class, women with disabilities are assaulted, raped and abused at a rate more than two times greater than non-disabled women.
(Sobsey, 1994; Cusitar,1994; DisAbled Women's Network, 1988)

Over 80% of domestic violence and rape crisis shelters in California are NOT accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
(California Women's Law Center, 1994)

Quotes taken from a report for the National Task Force on Violence Against Women.

This web page was put together to call attention to the subject of violence against women with disabilities and to encourage women (including those not in crisis) to refer this information to local shelters, organizations addressing violence against women and political representatives. The links listed connect with sites that provide information about research and policy making. Please contact us with any information and suggestions at:



1. Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD): Under the direction of Margaret Nosek, PH.D. CROWD is a research center that focuses on issues related to health, aging, civil rights, abuse, and independent living. The violence section ranges in information from academic papers to resources, including information about a resource kit and 10 things Independent Living Center's can do to address violence. CROWD is located at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.

2. Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA): This Australian site has papers, articles and reports archived as well as links to related disability sites and general sites. They also have an extensive section for further reading.

3. Information on Violence from Claiming Our Bodies Conference 1999
This is a large page filled with all types of resources from a conference. The resource section addressing violence issues consists of an informative introduction, web references and links, print resources and phone numbers and organizational support.


1. Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund) - includes integrates the work formerly done on NOW's Violence Against Women Act. Disabled women have diligently worked on inclusion of disabled women in the 1999 document.

2. United Nations Standard Rules of Equalization - United Nations has produced the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for People with Disabilities. It is part of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 1993-2002.

3. United Nation's Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action: In 1995 Women with disabilities from around the world gather at the NGO Forum and UN Conference to ensure disabled women's issues were included.

1. Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, Disabilities and Violence: An electronic clearing house on violence and abuse, their section on disability includes: articles and fact sheets, books and videos and references to institutions and organizations.

2. All Walks Of Life: They focus on prevention of violence to people with disabilities. They have established an Internet presence that includes a comprehensive Web Site on the topic of Violence to People with Disabilities. They also offer a moderated e-mail list.

  Thank You! We gratefully acknowledge Agape Foundation in assisting with developing this page addressing violence against disabled women. Agape Foundation has been supporting grassroots nonviolent social change groups in the western U.S. since 1969 with Grants/Seed Funding; Low Interest Loans; Fiscal Sponsorship. Also serving the needs of donors. Contact Director Karen Topakian for more information. Agape Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt public foundation.

Last updated August 22, 2005