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The targeting of women with learning disabilities

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In our final blog to mark Hate Crime Awareness Week, Dr Phillippa Wiseman writes about the unique challenges that women and girls with learning disabilities face from hate crime and the need to recognise these intersecting identities under hate crime law. People with learning disabilities experience all forms of violence, over and above other non-disabled people. In research that we …

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Learning Disability and Gender Based Violence: the normalisation of harm, abuse and violence

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“Look, I know that everybody gets abused, there are folk worse off than me”  This quote from a woman with learning disabilities who had experienced violence and abuse throughout her life brings into stark relief a central challenge around providing support to this group; the impact of the normalisation of violence and abuse on perceptions of relationships and the expectations of the women …

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Leave no woman behind – women with a learning disability and #IWD2020

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On International Women’s Day 2020 we asked Eilidh Dickson, Policy and Parliamentary Officer at Engender for her thoughts on what still needs to be done to uphold the rights of women with learning disabilities in Scotland… The 8th of March marks International Women’s Day 2020. This day is an important marker for us to reflect on progress, yet far too …