PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 

U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 

18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Study: Women with a Disability More Likely to be Abused

October 28, 2008

Concord, NH – A new facet of domestic violence is getting attention, as experts gauge the increased risks for women who have disabilities. A study presented at this week's American Public Health Association meeting indicates that women with a disability are almost three times more likely to report being abused by an intimate partner than women without a disability.

Grace Mattern, executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, says the findings are similar to what her organizaton has noted over the years, as well.

"They might be more reliant on a caretaker, or they might have less independence. It's just more opportunity for an abuser to abuse and control the victim."

Mattern says in such cases, it's especially important that family and friends be aware of the increased likelihood of abuse for women with disabilities, and be vigilant about the possibility.

"If you see things in a relationship that make you a little uneasy, it's worth asking that person, who you think might be a victim, if they feel safe in the relationship."

It's also important, adds Mattern that disability rights groups and service purveyors specifically screen people for abuse. More information about the study is available online at

Deborah Smith/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - NH