Women with disabilities – Violence against women with disabilities may be committed by a partner, but also by a family member or a person on whom the woman is dependent. This includes, for example, residential and home care staff as well as personal assistants. The violence can be directed at the disability, for example by demanding sex in exchange for medication or moving items in the home of a visually impaired person. In addition, women with disabilities may lack knowledge regarding their rights and have difficulty expressing themselves.
Women from foreign backgrounds – Discrimination, segregation, language difficulties and the lack of a social network can make it difficult for women from foreign backgrounds to seek help. The partner perpetrating the violence can also use this to reinforce the isolation of the woman. Women from a foreign background may also lack knowledge regarding their rights and the Swedish legal system.
Women with substance abuse problems – Violence is often a common feature of everyday life for women with substance abuse problems. In addition to violence from a partner, they may be subjected to violence by e.g. nursing staff, police and guardians. Women with substance abuse problems are often heavily dependent on the perpetrator, as the perpetrator may be the person supplying her with drugs. These women’s exposure to violence tends to reduce in contact with support efforts, as the violence is often seen as a consequence of the abuse.