We are studying Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Spinal Cord Injury/Disease

women in a wheelchair

We are researching the lived experiences of women with sudden onset spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D) in relation to IPV.

Intimate partner violence against women with disabilities is too prevalent & the health consequences are far too numerous.

Women with disabilities

· Experience higher rates of IPV than nondisabled women and men, and men with disabilities (Breiding & Armour, 2015).

· Are more often subject to severe forms of physical abuse, including being kicked, punched, or bitten (Brownridge, 2006).

· Are at risk of sustaining additional chronic injuries and debilitating conditions as a result of IPV (Barrett, O’Day, Roche, & Carlson, 2009)

· Are more likely to experience physical abuse during pregnancy (Mitra, Manning, & Lu, 2012).

Some facts about Spinal Cord Injury/Disease

People living with SCI in the US
Number of new SCI each year
Cases of transverse myelitis per year
If you are a woman with SCI/D who has previously experienced IPV