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The dark figure of disablist violence


Thorneycroft, R and Asquith, NL, The dark figure of disablist violence, The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 54, (5) pp. 489-507. ISSN 2059-1098 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/hojo.12147


While there is a paucity of research pertaining to the phenomenon of disablist violence, one key feature has emerged: it is widely under-reported and under-recorded. The reasons for this are diverse: many are representative of reporting issues attributable to all forms of (hate) crime, and others are unique to the individual and social conditions of living with a disability (Sin 2013). This article provides a conceptual and contextual overview of disablist violence before proceeding to a critical literature review of the reasons why the phenomenon is largely under-reported. Against this backdrop, we offer a critical examination of the various policing strategies necessary for addressing the problem of under-reporting of disablist violence.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:hate crime, disablist violence, disability, under-reporting, policing
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Causes and prevention of crime
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Ability and disability
UTAS Author:Asquith, NL (Professor Nicole Asquith)
ID Code:140850
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Policing and Emergency Management
Deposited On:2020-09-11
Last Modified:2021-05-27
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