Life after violence / Women empowerment

Violence against women with intellectual disabilities in institutions

Women with disabilities experience violence at significantly higher rates than women without disabilities, more frequently, for longer, in more ways, and by more perpetrators; they have considerably fewer pathways to safety, and are less likely to report experiences of violence. This is especially true for women with intellectual disabilities, above all if they live in long-stay residential institutions. 

In the context of the Life After Violence project, Inclusion Europe did a study on how women with intellectual disabilities cope with violence they experienced in institutions, after they have left them.    

The report was based on in-depth interviews with 10 women. 

Read our articles: 


See all articles about life after violence, about institutions and about violence against women.

This work is funded by the Open Society Foundations.

Implementation Period  2016 – 2018 / 2019 / 2020
Financed by  Open Society Foundations 
Project Coordinator  Inclusion Europe 

The Life after Violence report is available in:

Easy-to-read version in:

Methodology on how to talk with women with intellectual disabilities about violence.

Recording of the seminar organised with EDF in November 2020.

Many women with intellectual disabilities

are abused.


Many of these women are abused

when they live in institutions.


For this project

Inclusion Europe talked to 10 women

who were abused.


They told us about their experiences.


They told us how they dealt with these experiences
when they moved out of the institution.


We did this project

between 2016 and 2018.


We did the project in the Netherlands.


We are now also asking women
in other European countries
about their experiences.