Critical issues in researching domestic violence among people of color with disabilities

Elizabeth Lightfoot, Oliver Williams

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While there are a number of programs emerging providing services to people of color with disabilities who experience domestic violence, there is little research on the needs of this population. Using data collected from two national focus groups of 19 expert informants, this article outlines key areas of research needed for providing better services to people of color who are Deaf or have disabilities and appropriate research methods for collecting data about this population. Respondents indicated that a research agenda should include investigating the scope of the problem, in-depth needs of domestic violence survivors, cost-effectiveness of culturally and disability-specific programs, and development of best practices through in-depth evaluations of existing programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-219
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2009

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Received 9 March 2006; revised 19 August 2008; accepted 9 December 2008. This project was completed by the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community at the University of Minnesota with the support and encouragement of the Office of Women’s Health and the Administration for Children Youth and Families. Address correspondence to Elizabeth Lightfoot, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, 105 Peters Hall, St. Paul, MN 55108. E-mail:


  • Data collection
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Disabilities
  • Domestic violence
  • People of color
  • Research methods


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