Victimized again? Intersectionality and injustice in disabled women’s lives after hate crime and rape

Balderston, S 2013, 'Victimized again? Intersectionality and injustice in disabled women’s lives after hate crime and rape' , in: Gendered Perspectives on Conflict and Violence : Part A Advances in Gender Research , Emerald Group Publishing, pp. 17-51.

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Disabled women are reported to be between twice and five times more likely to experience sexual violence than non-disabled women or disabled men; when these are hate crimes they compound harms for both victims and communities. This user-led research explores how disabled and Deaf victims and Survivors most effectively resist the harm and injustice they experience after experiencing disablist hate crime involving rape. Feminist standpoint methods are employed with reciprocity as central. This small-scale peer research was undertaken with University ethics and supervision over a five year period. Subjects (n=522) consisted of disabled and Deaf victims and Survivors in North of England. The intersectional nature of violence against disabled women unsettles constructed macro binaries of public/private space violence and the location of disabled women as inherently vulnerable. Findings demonstrate how seizing collective identity can usefully resist re-victimization, tackle the harms after disablist hate crime involving rape and resist the homogenization of both women and disabled people. The chapter outlines inequalities in disabled people’s human rights and recommends service and policy improvements, as well as informing methods for conducting ethical research. This is perhaps the first user-led, social model based feminist standpoint research to explore the collective resistance to harm after experiencing disablist hate crime involving rape. It crossed impairment boundaries and included community living, segregated institutions and women who rely on perpetrators for personal assistance. It offers new evidence of how disabled and Deaf victims and Survivors can collectively unsettle the harms of disablist hate crime and rape and achieve justice and safety on a micro level.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Demos, V
Additional Information: Article nominated for the Corinne Seith Young Scholar Prize 2013.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disability, feminism, rape, hate crime, user-led, intersectionality
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Advances In Gender Research
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9781783501106
ISSN: 1529-2126
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Funders: Equality and Human Rights Commission, Northern Rock Foundation, Annette Lawson Charitable Trust, Northumbria Police, Gateshead Council, Ph.D. Research Grant
Depositing User: Dr Susie Balderston
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2015 17:11
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 14:15

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