Prevention of Violence Against Women
Prevention of violence against women and children regional action plan capacity building project: Women with disabilities
In January 2017 Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) undertook the Prevention of violence against women and children regional action plan capacity building project: Women with disabilities project over approximately six months. Consultants LDC were contracted to undertake this work on behalf of WDV.
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.
The aims of the project included a needs analysis of the PVAW sector and the identification and development of standards of practice for the inclusion of women with disabilities and disability organisations in RAPs in order to achieve improved capacity of the sector.
Key outcomes of the project were:
• A needs analysis of what will make regional action plans inclusive of women with disabilities and disability organisations; and the tools, resources and strategies needed to embed women with disabilities and disability organisations in PVAW activities.
• A literature review to contribute to the body of knowledge on the best practice approaches for including women with disabilities and disability organisations into regional action plans for PVAW activities.
• Guidelines for Inclusive regional planning developed to enable Women’s Health Services and their regional partners to inclusive, practical, evidence based action to prevent violence against women with disabilities.
Royal Commission sends NDIS a message on violence
An online article on Croakey – 13 April 2016: Royal Commission sends NDIS a message on violence
The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria DVRCV) has produced the following resources:
- Getting safe against the odds: for women with disabilities who experience violence, 2007
- Triple disadvantage: out of sight, out of mind. Violence against women with disabilities, 2003
Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has produced the WWDA Resource Manual on Violence Against Women With Disabilities (2007), made up of four booklets:
- It’s not ok, it’s violence: information about domestic violence and women with disabilities
- A life like mine: narratives from women with disabilities who experience violence
- Forgotten sisters: a global review of violence against women with disabilities
- More than just a ramp: a guide for women’s refuges to develop disability Discrimination Act action plans
The Federation of Community Legal Centres has produced discussion papers related to violence against women with disabilities:
- Advocacy: making rights realilty. For sexual assault victims/survivors with a cognitive impairment
- Beyond justice, beyond belief
A Framework for Influencing Change – Responding to Violence against Women with Disabilities
To address violence against women with disabilities, we produced a framework called: A framework for influencing change – responding to violence against women with disabilities 2007-2009.
The framework can be downloaded in various formats:
The Framework outlines 12 key strategies to guide the advocacy work of Women with Disabilities Victoria. The Framework targets family violence and sexual assault as priority areas of concern. The framework seeks to intersect with the Victorian Government’s Family violence and sexual assault reform strategies currently being implemented under the Women’s safety strategy and Fairer Victoria policy.
Women with Disabilities Victoria collaborate with VicHealth to address violence
Women with Disabilities Victoria provided input into to VicHealth’s framework to guide primary prevention of intimate partner violence.
More information: Working with VicHealth to address violence
Women with Disabilities Victoria contributes to the frameworks of other organisations addressing violence against women, such as providing input to VicHealth’s Framework to guide primary prevention of intimate partner violence. This framework guided VicHealth’s project, Respect, responsibility and equality: preventing violence against women, 2007 (PDF 42KB) and their Disability and health inequalities in Australia Research Summary (PDF).
Women with Disabilities Victoria contributed to a Review of literature addressing intimate partner violence against women with disabilities (PDF 109KB) to the VicHealth framework. Download a full copy of the literature review (PDF 109KB)