New research shows blind and partially sighted people’s experience of domestic abuse
Vision Foundation with SafeLives have created a new report – The Unseen. It’s the first published research into the ways that domestic abuse can impact blind and partially sighted people.
Vision Foundation with SafeLives have created a new report – The Unseen. It’s the first published research into the ways that domestic abuse can impact blind and partially sighted people. The findings are shocking in their nature and scale. Disabled people are three times more likely to experience abuse, and research has found that abusers use tactics specific to their blind or partially sighted victim, such as: placing objects in their way to cause falls, or preventing them from finding or using their mobility aids. The research also found that blind and partially sighted people were likely to be encouraged to stay with their abuser, with friends or family members fearing that the victim wouldn’t be able to cope with daily life without their abuser.
You can read the full report on Vision Foundation’s website
Or watch a video presenting the research on YouTube
We will review the findings put forward after the research, and let you know next year about what we are doing to help break down the barriers to help. But for now, we wanted to add our support to this important research, and welcome the call for a united response to abuse experienced by some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
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