An occupational justice perspective of domestic violence against women with disabilities

Diane L. Smith, Claudia Hilton

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This article explores domestic violence against women with disabilities from an occupational justice perspective. Domestic violence against these women warrants special attention because they are abused at rates equal to or greater than women without disabilities and they experience disability-specific forms of abuse. The discussion adds to the body of knowledge of domestic violence by analyzing the occupational imbalance, marginalization, deprivation and alienation that women with disabilities experience as instances of occupational injustice that ultimately undermine health. Domestic violence against women with disabilities is also posited as an appropriate issue to examine from this perspective because of the layered injustices experienced. Finally, empowerment is proposed as a strategy to address the issues identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-172
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Abuse
  • Health
  • Occupational injustice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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