Q&A About Women with Disabilities Affected by Violence

Legal Aid Ontario

From a Q&A between Legal Aid Ontario and Family Service Toronto: Often overlooked, women with disabilities can experience unique types of abuse. According to one study, women with disabilities are two times as likely to report severe physical violence and three times as likely to be forced into sexual activity.1

Vania Sukola, who is a registered psychotherapist and lead counsellor for women with intellectual disabilities who have experienced violence at Family Service Toronto  for the past 11 years, discusses some of the particular challenges faced by women with disabilities when confronted with violence.

Family Service Toronto  is developing a new curriculum and training to help lawyers be more trauma-informed when working with women who have been abused including the experience of women with disabilities. 

Read more: How are women with disabilities affected by violence that is different from other women?