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Social work views sought on supporting women with learning disabilities through domestic violence

Domestic violence .jpgThought I’d bring people’s attention today to an interesting study being undertaken by Michelle McCarthy, a senior lecturer and researcher at the University of Kent’s Tizard Centre. McCarthy is looking into domestic violence against women with learning disabilities, with the aim of improving the support available to this group. And it seems there is a big knowledge gap in this area.

The research will consist of interviews with women with learning disabilities who have experienced domestic violence and a national survey of frontline professionals and organisations who provide information and support services in relation to domestic violence, including social services.

McCarthy would like to hear from any organisations in Kent and south east London (or surrounding areas) that have had contact with women with learning disabilities who have recently (within the last five years) experienced domestic violence - or any individuals or domestic violence support organisations in the UK who might like to share their experiences.

For further information, please contact research assistants Siobhan Hunt or Karen Milne-Skillman on 01227 823116 or

Community Care will cover any findings or recommendations relevant to social workers and care professionals working with this group of women. The researchers plan to publish targeted briefing papers about best practice for key professionals, including social care practitioners, as well as briefings for local and national policy makers.

Picture credit: Tuomas Marttila/Rex Features (posed by model)

Kirsty McGregor

About Kirsty McGregor

Kirsty McGregor is Community Care's workforce editor. She reports daily on social workers' pay and conditions, education, training, career progression, registration and fitness to practise. This includes issues affecting newly qualified social workers across the UK and the recent development of the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) in England. She is also responsible for producing job hunting and career progression advice.

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