Advice on personal safety for women with learning disabilities
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Advice on personal safety for women with learning disabilities

Anita Murphy Community learning disability nurses, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
Rebecca Turner Community learning disability nurses, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
Martin Povey Community learning disability nurses, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
Susan Fox Community nurse manager, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
David Martin Community support worker, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
Dacey Gemma Assistant clinical psychologist, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Anita Murphy and colleagues discuss how a series of group sessions were arranged to give women with learning disabilities a safe space to talk about sexual health and relationships

Women with learning disabilities have the same emotional needs, drives and desires and as anyone else, but are more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation than the rest of the population. Their needs tend to be overlooked in research. This article explains how a women’s relationships and personal safety group was set up to provide women with learning disabilities with a safe space to explore their personal experiences in confidence, and receive sexual health education and advice about relationships.

Learning Disability Practice. 18, 6,30-34. doi: 10.7748/ldp.18.6.30.e1631

Correspondence

david.martin2@covwarkpt.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 23 January 2015

Accepted: 04 June 2015