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Systematic review with meta-analysis
Essential information about patterns of victimisation among children with disabilities
  1. Sherry Hamby1,
  2. John Grych2
  1. 1Department of Psychology, Sewanee, the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, USA
  2. 2Department of Psychology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Sherry Hamby
    Department of Psychology, Sewanee, the University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee 37383, USA; sherry.hamby{at}

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Commentary on: Jones L, Bellis MA, Wood S, et al. Prevalence and risk of violence against children with disabilities: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. Lancet 2012;380:899–907.

Implications for practice and research

  • Children with disabilities are at increased risk for virtually every type of violence that has been measured in this population.

  • Healthcare providers and researchers need to take a more comprehensive, person-centered approach that focuses on the vulnerability to polyvictimisation and the interconnection among forms of violence for children with disabilities.


Many forms of violence against children are all too common1 and the health consequences are dramatic. One in ten experience a violence-related injury every year.2 Violence is a leading cause of death among youth, and is ranked the second leading among all causes for adolescents aged 15–19.3 Behind these global …

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