This year´s theme is Violence against persons with disability – to prevent, recognize and respond.
Persons with functional impairments are victims of violence to a greater extent than other people, but this has long been an invisible social problem. These persons are rarely seen, in research as well as in public debate. The violence looks different from violence against other persons and often relates to the persons' disability. The situation of persons with disabilities who are victims of violence is marked by dependence on the outside world and in many cases also on the perpetrator.
In recent years, alarming reports have been published. Reports of hidden cases of abused persons with disabilities and also the existing system's difficulties in meeting the target groups' needs and rights. Internationally, the theme of violence against especially women with disabilities has been recognized explicitly in several contexts including the UN, EU and Council of Europe.