Family Violence Resources

2021

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: (1) the social model of disability, (2) the human rights model of disability, (3) gender equality, (4) intersectionality, (5) centering lived experience, and (6) disability pride. When these 6 keystones are in place, we can work together for a more inclusive and equitable society.

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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. 

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Facts on Violence against Women with Disabilities - Why are we focusing on women with disabilities?

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Working towards Gender and Disability Equality Workbook

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International Women's Day Event: 'Prevention of Violence against Women with Disabilities: Workforce Resources for Action’

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Title Card - Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women with Disabilities

Primary Prevention of Violence against Women with Disabilities video resource

The Primary Prevention of Violence against Women with Disabilities video resource features the voices of 5 women with a disability and 1 ally.  These women speak about the evidence-based drivers of violence against women with disabilities and share real life experiences of what these drivers look like in everyday life.  The resource is a call to action to embed prevention in all parts of society. 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.

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Driver 1 - Condoning of Violence Against Women with Disabilities

Chapters

Driver 1: Condoning of violence against women with disabilities

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Driver 2

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

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Driver 3

Driver 3: Stereotyped constructions of masculinity, femininity, and disability, and the intersecting impacts of this for women with disabilities

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Driver 4

Driver 4: Sexist and ableist peer relations that emphasise aggression and disrespect towards women with disabilities

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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.

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Drivers

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Actions

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Drivers and Actions

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Women's Health Services Toolkit

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Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women with Disabilities: Family Violence and Disability Films

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Family Violence Response for Women with Disabilities – A quick guide to safely managing disclosures

This resource outlines the best practice response to supporting a woman who discloses experiencing violence.

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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.

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Slides from the Workforce Development team as part part of the Respect Inclusion and Equality presentation

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Why focus on violence against women with disabilities: A self-guided activity for workers

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Action Planning for Disability Support Workers

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Intersectionality Resource

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'Respect Is...' Plain text Resource

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10 Actions to be a Gender and Disability Equitable Organisation

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Building the Evidence Report

The Building the Evidence Project analyses the extent to which current Victorian family violence policy and practice recognises and provides for women with disabilities who experience violence, and makes recommendations to improve responses to women with disabilities dealing with family violence.

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Literature Review of women with disabilities and violence prevention

Literature review addressing intimate partner violence against women with disabilities 

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