URIDU Health Family Work

Why should I take special care of my personal safety?

Since a woman with a disability may be less able to protect herself, she is more at risk for violent attack and abuse than a woman without a disability. But there are things a woman can do to defend herself. It may help to practice some of these things with a group of women with disabilities:

If you are in a public place and someone tries to hurt or abuse you, shout as loudly as you can.

Do something he might find disgusting, such as drooling spit (saliva), or trying to vomit, or acting as though you are ‘crazy’.

Use your stick, crutches or wheelchair to hit or try to hurt the person.

If the abusive person is someone in your family, try to talk about it with another family member you trust. It may also help to talk about it privately with a group of women with disabilities.