The intersection of disability, diversity, and domestic violence: Results of national focus groups

Elizabeth Lightfoot, Oliver Williams

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Using data from two national focus groups of 19 key informants, this article explores the unique issues faced by people with physical and sensory disabilities in accessing help for domestic violence, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of people of color with disabilities. In addition, this study explores the programmatic preferences of people of color with disabilities in seeking help in regards to domestic violence, and assesses the cultural competence, disability awareness, and domestic violence awareness of domestic violence service providers and disability organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-152
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:


  • Cultural competence
  • Disability
  • Diversity
  • Domestic violence
  • Help seeking
  • People of color
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Service providers


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