Not a New Problem

Violence in the Lives of Disabled Women

Edited by Michelle Owen, Diane Hiebert-Murphy and Janice Ristock  

Paperback $28.00

Violence in the lives of women with disabilities is not a new problem, but it is a problem about which little has been written. This gap in our knowledge needs to be addressed, as women with disabilities are valuable members of our society whose experiences need to be made known. Without such knowledge, political action for social justice and for the prevention of violence is impossible.

Contributors to Not a New Problem examine the experiences of Canadian women with disabilities, the need for improved access to services and the ways this violence is exacerbated by and intersects with gender, sexuality, Indigeneity, race, ethnicity and class.

  • Social Work
  • Co-published with RESOLVE
  • ISBN: 9781773630779
  • Forthcoming November 2018
  • 176 Pages
  • For sale worldwide

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  • Disability, Violence and Social Change (Michelle Owen, Diane Hiebert-Murphy & Janice Ristock)
  • Mothering with Disabilities (Laura Track)
  • Disabled Women and Intimate Partner Violence (Michelle Owen & Jane Ursel)
  • Intimate Partner Violence as a Cause of Disabilities (Ian Ford, Roy Hanes & Karen March)
  • Structural Violence Against Women Who are Labelled with Intellectual Disabilities (Natalie Spagnuolo & Josée Boulanger)
  • Economic Disparities, Disabled Women and Abuse (Linda DeRiviere)
  • Making Homelessness Harder (Liza Kim Jackson & nancy viva davis halifax)
  • Gendered Violence in Independent Living (Christine Kelly)
  • Gender-based Violence, Disability and the Social Determinants of Health (Karen Yoshida, Mary Bunch, Fran Odette, Susan Hardie & Heather Willis)
  • Disabled Women’s Anti-Violence Service Needs (Pat Kelln & Stephanie Parent)
  • References
  • Index


  • Michelle Owen

    Michelle Owen is a professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, and Coordinator of the Disability Studies Program, at the University of Winnipeg.

  • Diane Hiebert-Murphy

    University of Manitoba

    Diane Hiebert-Murphy is a professor in the Faculty of Social Work and the Psychological Service Centre at the University of Manitoba.

  • Janice Ristock

    Janice Ristock is a professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Manitoba.

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