publication . Article . 2017

‘What kind of abuse is him spitting in my food?’: reflections on the similarities between disability hate crime, so-called ‘mate’ crime and domestic violence against women with intellectual disabilities

Michelle McCarthy;
Open Access English
  • Published: 23 Mar 2017
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Country: United Kingdom
AbstractDomestic violence against women with learning disabilities is a wholly under-researched topic. A recent study indicated that there are strong parallels between domestic violence, disability hate crime and ‘mate’ crime. This article explores these similarities and argues that rather than treating them as discrete phenomena, we need to make the connections and re-affirm the commitment that feminist scholars and activists made long ago, namely to take violence committed in private as seriously as that committed in public.
free text keywords: Intellectual disability, medicine.disease, medicine, Criminology, Spitting, Domestic violence, Psychology, Hate crime, Parallels, Learning disability, medicine.symptom
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