Exploitation, violence and abuse are frequent, yet often overlooked and under-reported. The societal forces that tend to marginalise persons with disabilities exacerbate the likelihood and the impact of exploitation, violence and abuse. This study explores the concepts, causes and impact of the exploitation, violence and abuse experienced by persons with disabilities, with particular attention given to institutional aspects and the impact of hate speech. General measures for prevention and examples of available responses from Council of Europe member States are also  referred to. This study does not rely on interviews with persons with disabilities but rather on pertinent reports, some of which are based on qualitative interviews.

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