This thematic paper focuses on the challenges women with disabilities (WWD) face in relation to seeking help from gender-based violence (GBV). To a great extent, WWD are marginalised and discriminated against by society, which also transpires into the lack of access to services for WWD. Therefore, the need for support services is paramount, particularly in regard to having trained staff that can address the specific needs of women with disabilities who are exposed to violence, which in all services involved, including police, shelters, organisations working with people with disabilities, other social workers, etc. The barriers to accessing these services are many for WWD and include everything from lack of access to information in easyto-read language, braille, sign language, physical access to support services, trained staff at relevant services, etc. In addition, the paper explores not only which barriers WWD face but also recommendations and specific measures that can be done in order to improve the access to support services for WWD.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.