One in four women in the UK is likely to experience domestic abuse and in Scotland this increases to one in three. For the period 2007-2008, almost 20% of recorded murders in Scotland were related to domestic abuse. There is growing evidence that women with disabilities are at increased risk of domestic abuse. We do not fully understand how disability can limit women's ability to access help for abuse, or conversely, how abuse - or specifically, an abusive partner – can prevent women from accessing disability related healthcare. This complexity means that priority areas for improving access have not been clearly identified and thus, robust improvement strategies remain elusive.
An investigation into the relationship between disability, domestic abuse and access to maternity heathcare, how a disability or abusive partner can limit a women's access to maternity healthcare.