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WANDERER, Aline  and  PEDROZA, Regina Lúcia Sucupira. Violence as cross-cutting theme in disability studies: needed Interconections. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.1, pp. 178-195. ISSN 1808-4281.

Violence is an important cross-cutting theme in disabilities studies. When violence occurs against people with disability, it is related to stigmatization elements, breach of the right to full development and consequent social exclusion. This article, starting from a critical analysis of the literature, discusses the conception of a necessarily increased vulnerability of these individuals to suffer violence because of a condition which is assumed to be inherent to them, to locate the issue in interpersonal, familiar, communitarian and institutional relationships context. Psychology must contribute to the development of public policies that deal with violence against people with disability, considering their development as a continuous, dynamic, and qualitatively different process, which is not limited a priori and in which people perform an active role. An education for rights and citizenship is essential, as well as State's action in creating instances of care, understood in a broad sense.

Keywords : violence; disability; vulnerability; social inclusion; public policies.

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