Successful project dissemination event on domestic abuse, disability and maternity care access

The interdisciplinary research team, consisting of SDHI researchers and colleagues from the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh as well as the NHS Fife met with funders (Wellbeing of Women), representatives of NGOs, health professionals and service users to discuss findings from a recent project involving literature reviews, individual interviews and focus groups. The study highlighted the need to address knowledge and psychosocial barriers to providing equitable maternity care services to disabled women who experience emotional, physical, sexual or financial forms of domestic abuse. A video of the presentations is now available here.


New Publication: How does domestic abuse impact disabled women’s access and utilisation of maternity care?

SDHI researchers Jenna Breckenridge and Thilo Kroll, in collaboration with researchers from the Universities of Manchester, Edinburgh and Queen’s University Belfast, have recently published a review of the literature relating to disability, domestic abuse and access to maternity careAlthough disabled women are significantly more likely to experience domestic abuse during pregnancy than non-disabled women, very little is known about how maternity care access and utilisation is affected by the co-existence of disability and domestic abuse. This new publication brings together international literature to explore the factors that facilitate or compromise access to care, the consequences of inadequate care, and the effectiveness of existing strategies for improvement. Read the full article here

Disabled women’s access to maternity care when they experience domestic abuse

SDHI is collaborating with researchers from the University of Manchester, University of Edinburgh, Queen’s University Belfast and NHS Fife to explore the relationship between disability, domestic abuse and access to maternity care. Funded by Wellbeing of Women, the research will identify the barriers faced by disabled women who experience domestic abuse and develop strategies for improving their access to needed maternity services. This is a multi-phase study involving individual interviews with women and focus group interviews with maternity care practitioners. More information can be found at
We are currently in the process of recruiting women who have a health condition or impairment, have experienced domestic abuse and have used maternity services recently. It is really important to learn from women’s experiences and listen to their suggestions for improvement. Please help us publicise our study and assist us with the identification of women who may wish to take part in this important study. You can help us in sharing and liking our facebook page The page also contains a short video with further information.