Applying the Social Ecological Model to Violence against Women with Disabilities
Miranda Sue Terry*
Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, Stephen F. Austin State University, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Miranda Sue Terry
Assistant Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University
Kinesiology and Health Science
P.O. Box 13015, HPE 217, Nacogdoches
TX 75962, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: July 27, 2014; Accepted date: September 29, 2014; Published date: October 04, 2014
Citation: Terry MS (2014) Applying the Social Ecological Model to Violence against Women with Disabilities. J Women’s Health Care 3:193. doi: 10.4172/2167-0420.1000193
Copyright: © 2014 Terry MS. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Violence against women (VAW) is a broad term used to capture aggressive acts committed toward women, which consists of numerous types of violence with the most commonly known types of abuse being emotional, sexual, and physical. One relatively invisible group, women with disabilities, not only experiences emotional, sexual, and physical abuse but also a unique type of disability-related abuse, which may increase their risk of experiencing acts of violence. The U.S. Congress passed two distinct yet not mutually exclusive policies into law to address violence against women and rights for individuals with disabilities: the Violence against Women Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. This paper will discuss these policies with suggestions to increase protection for women with disabilities experiencing violence and the implications for these policy changes using the social ecological model.