End the Silence: A Survey of Abuse Against Men with Disabilities

Powers, Laurie E.; Saxton, Marsha; Curry, Mary Ann; Powers, Jennifer L.; McNeff, Elizabeth; Oschwald, Mary
October 2008
Journal of Rehabilitation;Oct-Dec2008, Vol. 74 Issue 4, p41
Academic Journal
Very little attention has been given to understanding abuse in the lives of men with disabilities. The study investigated men's experiences of various forms of abuse, particularly abuse by personal assistants, as well as barriers to addressing abuse and strategies for preventing or ending abuse. A survey was designed and administered to 342 men with physical, and physical and cognitive disabilities recruited through durable medical equipment suppliers and disability organizations. The findings suggested that men with disabilities experience abuse at a concerning rate. Multiple barriers and strategies were critical to preventing or stopping abuse. Implications for further research are discussed.


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