Violence Against Women With Disabilities: The Case of Women Members at the Ethiopian Women With Disabilities Natonal Association (Ewdna)

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Addis Ababa University


The aim of this study is to assess the experience of violence on women with disability, the type of violence, causes, their impacts and implications. The study was qualitative, which employed phenomenology as a research design. In order to collect the data the researcher used ten in depth interviews, two key informant interviews and two focus group discussions on issues. The informants are ten women with disabilities who are members of EWDNA and were victims of violence, the project coordinator and a social worker. The finding of the study shows that women with disabilities have suffered a great deal from different acts of violence because of lack of awareness, negative attitudes, economic dependency and vulnerability of women with disabilities. Rape, beating, insulting, undermining, unsuitable physical environments, lack of employment and educational opportunities are among the dominant types of violence that affect women physically, psychologically, socially and economically. Based on the findings of the study, it can be suggested that violence is a common and serious problem and have negative outcomes on women with disabilities. Therefore, it is recommended that violence needs due attention and remedial actions and Programs from government, non-governmental organization and helping professions including social workers aimed at preventing violence must address these identified factors of violence against women with disabilities



Social Work