Self-Defense for Disabled People

Missing a limb or having a disability that limits your movability can feel scary when faced with today's violence statistics. Media coverage does not make adults with disabilities aware they may be at a much higher risk of violence than their non-disabled peers. According to the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability:

*  Adults with mental or intellectual impairments are the most vulnerable, with 4.6 times the risk of sexual violence than their non-disabled peers

*  Based on the systematic review of violence against adults with disabilities, published in February 2012, it was found disabled people are 1.5 times more likely to be a victim of violence than those without a disability

As a disabled person, it may seem like you have a mountain to climb in self-defense tactics when dealing with an aggressive attacker, but there are actually simple self-defense techniques designed for amputees and wheelchair users that can make size and strength irrelevant.