Violence Prevention Resources
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Suppport Service Referral Options
A list of specialist support services within Victoria and Australia that work directly with people who are experiencing or are afraid of experiencing family violence and/or sexual assault. If you’re in immediate danger, call 000 for the Police, ambulance and/or fire emergencies.
“Facts on Violence against Women with Disabilities 2022 - Why are we focusing on women with disabilities?”
This is a quick reference to key statistics on violence against women and girls with disabilities in Australia. When talking about violence against women, statistics are frequently at the centre of the discussion, however, the information that reflects the experiences of violence against women is complex. The information presented highlights specific statistics focused on women with disabilities and the complexity of intersectionality and associated statistics. This resource is evidence based and has been co-designed with women with disabilities and violence prevention expertise and representation.
Understanding Disability Guide
The purpose of this guide is to provide information to workforces in disability, social services and violence prevention on how Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) understands disability, and how we want key stakeholders, policy makers, planners and other organisations to think about disability.
This guide is based on the Understanding Disability video (below). It explores 6 keystones, co-designed by women with disabilities, to provide understanding of respectful engagement and planning with women with disabilities.
Understanding Disability animated video
Animated video with accompanying image description document introducing viewers to 6 keystones for how we understand disability and how we want others to understand disability:
- the social model of disability,
- the human rights model of disability,
- gender equality,
- centering lived experience, and
- disability pride.
When these 6 keystones are in place, we can work together for a more inclusive and equitable society.
Prevention of Violence Against Women with Disabilities Micro-webinar Series
WDV’s online self-paced 2-part micro-course aimed specifically at disability, prevention, social services, and government workforces to understand how easily violence against women with disabilities can occur and what actions you can take to prevent it.
Working towards Gender and Disability Equality Workbook
International Women's Day Event: 'Prevention of Violence against Women with Disabilities: Workforce Resources for Action’
Primary Prevention of Violence against Women with Disabilities video resource
The videos are available in full-length or divided into 5 shorter chapters. Each video is available in Auslan or as an audio-described version. All videos have captioning.
Driver 1: Condoning of violence against women with disabilities
Driver 2: Men's control of decision-making, ableist control of decision-making, and limits to the independence of women with disabilities in public and private life
Driver 3: Stereotyped constructions of masculinity, femininity, and disability, and the intersecting impacts of this for women with disabilities
Driver 4: Sexist and ableist peer relations that emphasise aggression and disrespect towards women with disabilities
Workforce Resources for Action
The Workforce Resources for Action have been developed to expand upon the important work of Change the Story by placing a disability lens over the gendered drivers of violence and the essential actions to prevent gendered violence.
By combining the evidence on what we know drives gender-based violence with the evidence and research on what we know drives disability-based violence, these resources can be used to take effective action in primary prevention of violence against women with disabilities.
Drivers and Actions
Steps to Disability Inclusive Prevention of Violence Against Women-A Brief Guide
Women's Health Services Toolkit
Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women with Disabilities: Family Violence and Disability Films
Family Violence Response for Women with Disabilities – A quick guide to safely managing disclosures
Family Violence Response for Women with Disabilities Guide
This resource outlines the best practice response to violence against women with disabilities and lists a number of referral services.
Slides from the Workforce Development team as part part of the Respect Inclusion and Equality presentation
Why focus on violence against women with disabilities: A self-guided activity for workers
Action Planning for Disability Support Workers
'Respect Is...' Plain text Resource
10 Actions to be a Gender and Disability Equitable Organisation
Our Right to Safety and Respect Resource (Safeguards Project)
Our Right to Safety and Respect Guidelines for developing resources with women with disabilities about safety from violence and abuse contains six good practice guidelines organisations can follow to create quality resources.
Each guideline has a set of indicators to show what good practice looks like and how to work towards it.
Prevention of violence against women and children regional action plan capacity building project
The specific focus of the project was on the disability related aspects of the Regional Action Planning Project in order to build the capacity of Prevention of Violence Against Women (PVAW) sector professionals to deliver high quality prevention of violence against women activities that are inclusive of women with disabilities.
Violence Against Women
Tricia Malowney, Chair of Women with Disabilities Victoria, and Ariane Garner-Williams, youth and women with disabilities advocate, talk about some of the issues that arise for this doubly disadvantaged group, in terms of violence
A Framework for Influencing Change
This Framework seeks to intersect with the Victorian Government’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Reform Strategies under the
Fairer Victoria Policy.
Building the Evidence Report
Literature Review of women with disabilities and violence prevention
Literature review addressing intimate partner violence against women with disabilities