By: Tegan Stuart, OCADSV Intern (summer 2018)
Social isolation and lack of independence are major risk factors for victims of domestic violence. While persons living with physical disabilities are subject to traditional forms of domestic violence they are also often subject to other forms of abuse such as neglect, withholding of necessities, and elevated physical restrictions due to already restricted movement and actions taken by the individual doing harm. If an individual is reliant on partner care, not only is a power dynamic created, but also a unique set of barriers for help are put into place. In addition to this, many program centers, shelters or legal buildings are physically inaccessible or ban the use of necessary service animals.