Excerpt from: Healio (click for full article)
Researchers reported that adults with mental illness were at three times the risk for being victims of violence, and those with physical disability at a twofold risk vs. healthy adult. Moreover, those with any disability were more likely to experience emotional difficulties as a result of their victimization.
According to WHO and the World Bank, violence is the leading cause of morbidity among adults with disabilities, who comprise approximately 15% of the global population.
Hind Khalifeh, a PhD candidate at the University College London, and colleagues analyzed data from the 2009-2010 British Crime Survey, which includes information on 44,398 adults living in residential households in England and Wales. The researchers performed logistic regression analyses to estimate the relative odds of being a victim of past-year physical and sexual violence in those with both mental and physical disabilities vs. healthy adults.