Safe at home? Factors influencing the safety strategies used by people with intellectual disability

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Little is known about how people with intellectual disability understand personal safety, or what strategies they call upon when they do not feel safe in their homes. In this participatory research, 20 people with intellectual disability talked about the ways they keep themselves safe in the places where they live, and what helps them or makes it hard for them to stay safe. Interviews with nine disability policy-makers were also conducted to include a systemic perspective about how personal safety is addressed by funded disability support services. A series of factors either support people or make it difficult for them to put their strategies into action, influencing the degree to which they were able to draw upon their own strategies to protect themselves from potential harm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-113
Number of pages15
JournalScandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • abuse prevention
  • harm
  • intellectual disability
  • personal safety
  • user views


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