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Deadly Intersections: Disability and Gender Based Violence

Deadly Intersections: Disability and Gender Based Violence

In association with the Women’s Equality Party Sheffield

Disabled women are twice as likely as non-disabled women to experience domestic abuse, but less likely to be able to access a refuge. 40% of disabled women have been sexually assaulted or raped and 50% of deaf girls have been sexually abused.

There are even ways that disabled women can be abused that simply do not exist for non-disabled people. This is not a coincidence. The structural inequalities that affect disabled people and women intersect and the inaccessible world we live in means that when deaf and disabled women are assaulted or abused, it’s more difficult to be taken seriously, it’s more difficult to report and it’s more difficult to access support.

At this event, Women’s Equality Party Sheffield and disability campaigner Philippa Willitts will discuss this vital issue that all feminists must take seriously if we are to achieve true equality for all women.

Sign up to find out more about how disabled women are affected by rape culture and male violence against women and girls - and what disabled and non-disabled women can do to campaign for change.


The Women’s Equality Party is a new collaborative force in British politics uniting people of all genders, ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs and experiences in the shared determination to see women enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men - so that all can flourish.

Philippa Willitts is a freelance writer, proofreader, copyeditor and journalist, writing mostly on health and disability and women’s issues, with an additional focus on women in business. She is the Editor in Chief at Global Comment, where she also writes on social justice or political issues.

She has been published on the Guardian, Independent, Channel 4 News and New Statesman websites, xoJane, the Daily Dot and more and is also a skilled writer of SEO content, blog posts, commercial copy, press releases, case studies and web content.

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