Children with disabilities: targeted violence and hostility


This project will look at hostility, including violence, towards children with disabilities across the EU. It seeks to identify the legal and policy framework, as well as determine how information about such hostility is being collected. In addition, the project will look for examples of promising practices of how some Member States are addressing the problem.


The findings of FRA’s first disability project revealed that violence and harassment are some of the main barriers for people for disabilities to integrate into society. The results also pointed to underreporting of abuse, lack of support and poor awareness among victims with disabilities. The lack of evidence on targeted hostility towards people with disabilities, specifically children, led FRA to begin work on this issue. The results should provide a clearer picture of what evidence exists to help EU Institutions and Member States take relevant measures to improve the situation.


The project will carry out desk research of the existing situation in all 27 EU Member States plus Croatia. This will be complemented by a limited number of interviews in selected countries to showcase promising practices.



A comparative and summary report will be available in 2014.

Project Manager: 
Monica Gutierrez
Monica Gutierrez

Monica Gutierrez

Job Title: 
Research Support Officer
Equality and Citizens’ Rights