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Disabled Leeds women reveal heartbreaking stories of sexual and physical abuse

17:44Wednesday 15 April 2015

The problems facing disabled women in accessing services for abuse victims.

“I was raped when I was just coming up to my 18th birthday and he physically and mentally abused me … it happened not just to me, it happened to three other people.”

Those are the disturbing words of a 48-year-old Leeds woman called Lucy, recounting her time at a college for people with learning difficulties in the 1980s.

Benefits assessment led to woman’s suicide says watchdog

The way a woman was assessed for benefits led to her suicide less than a month later, according to a mental health watchdog.

The Mental Welfare Commission looked at the case of a woman who killed herself after an Atos assessment

The woman had a history of depression and was on significant medication, but scored zero points in a Work Capability Assessment (WCA), carried out by Atos.

The new Care Act means we can all apply for support as we get old

The Act is a watershed in the slow transition of social care into a service that thinks first and foremost about keeping people independent. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian

Finally we’ve arrived. Seven years after the Law Commission embarked upon a review of what its then chairman called a “hodgepodge” of almost 40 statutes governing the care and support of older and disabled people in England, dating back as far as 1948, the Care Act is taking effect.