A Rights‐Based Approach to Abuse of Women with Learning Disabilities

Hilary Brown (Canterbury Christ Church University College)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Publication date: 1 October 2004


This paper provides a brief overview of abuse and protection, with a particular focus on women with learning disabilities. Women with learning disabilities face double oppression at the intersection of gender and disability, which makes them particularly vulnerable to sexual violence and exploitation. The paper reviews some useful models of abuse, to guide practice and frame further research. It also reflects guidance issued by the Department of Health in 2000 (No Secrets), which has resulted in a coherent framework for use throughout local authorities and other statutory agencies to address abuse against all vulnerable adults.


Brown, H. (2004), "A Rights‐Based Approach to Abuse of Women with Learning Disabilities", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 41-44. https://doi.org/10.1108/13595474200400038



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below

You may be able to access this content by logging in via Shibboleth, Open Athens or with your Emerald account.
To rent this content from Deepdyve, please click the button.
If you think you should have access to this content, click the button to contact our support team.