When we commissioned SafeLives to research into the experiences of domestic abuse for blind and partially sighted people, we were concerned that despite evidence showing that disabled people are nearly three times as likely to have experienced domestic abuse, there were no data, discussions or dedicated services addressing this issue in the sight loss community.
When we raised this with sight loss charities, we heard anecdotal stories about service users who were survivors and met strong agreement that our audiences might be uniquely at risk, but again, found no formal or targeted activity.
This vital report therefore aims to address the gap in research on domestic abuse amongst blind and partially sighted people – the prevalence, the unique experiences of visually impaired victims and survivors, and the myriad barriers to support.
We hope that this work will provoke urgent action so that we can reach and empower victims, prevent further harm, and save lives.
You can download, read and share the report as a PDF, Word document or as the full research report of 110 pages.