WDV Publications and Resources Library

This page contains a number of important articles, papers and resources about important research and programs relevant to Women with Disabilities Victoria.

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Our Right to Safety and Respect WDVVideos, Violence

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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2017videos violence
‘Building the Evidence’ Report 2008WDVAdvocacy, Violence

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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2008advocacy violence
A Framework for Influencing Change2007-2009 Keran HoweAdvocacy

The Framework outlines 12 key strategies to guide the advocacy work of Women with Disabilities Victoria.

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2007 2009advocacy
Access to Employment2012WDVEmployment, Videos

Executive Director, Keran Howe, and Project Officer, Lauren Hayes, talk about access to employment for women with disabilities.

We gratefully acknowledge the Office for Disability in allowing us to use footage from their DVD ‘Building Disability Inclusive Organisations’ in producing this video. (8:17mins)

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2012employment videos
Claiming Our Future2010WDVAdvocacy

A comprehensive report about Women with Disabilities Victoria’s history, humble beginnings and major success in policy, advocacy and empowerment of Victorian women with disabilities, from its inception in 1995 to 2010.

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Disability and health inequalities in Australia Research Summary2012VicHealthHealth

This research summary defines disability and provides an overview of information regarding the health of people with disabilities and the underlying social determinants, using the population-based data that is available.

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Easy English Guide to Using FacebookWDV in partnership with ScopeTechnology

Easy English developed in partnership with Scope

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Easy English Guide to Using SkypeWDV in partnership with ScopeTechnology

Easy English guide developed in partnership with Scope

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Health issues for women with disabilities2018WDVHealth

Equal access to health promotion and health care for women with disabilities.

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Literature Review of women with disabilities and violence prevention2007VicHealthViolence

Literature review addressing intimate partner violence against women with disabilities 

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Prevention of violence against women and children regional action plan capacity building project2017WDVViolence

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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Respect, responsibility and equality: preventing violence against women2012VicHealthHealth

This report provides a summary of the activities, findings and learnings of the five scale-up projects funded through Respect, responsibility and equality Phase II, and highlights their contribution to the broader field of policy and practice in preventing violence against women.

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Staying healthy, staying safe: issues for women with disabilities2011WDVHealth, Videos

Jane interviews Keran Howe, Executive Director of Women with Disabilities Victoria, to discuss the importance of a gendered perspective in health promotion for women with disabilities. (10:02 mins)

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2011health videos
Violence against women with disabilities2012WDVVideos, Violence

Women with disabilities experience violence at a higher rate, for longer periods, and are less likely to report the abuse, than women without disabilities (Healey, 2008). 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.(5:52 mins)

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Voices Against Violence2014WDV in partnership with the Office for the Public Advocate (OPA) and the Domestic Violence Resources Centre Victoria (DVRCV)Violence

The project reports on the extent and nature of violence against women with disabilities in Victoria. As well as interviews with women with disabilities about their experiences of violence, it includes an overview of current issues, a review of legislative protections, a review of the records of OPA and interviews with its staff and volunteers. The project includes seven individual reports.

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WDV ConstitutionWDVGovernance

WDV Constitution amended November 2017

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Works For Me2019Here We Are projectVideos

A conversation with women with disability about their expectations for inclusion in the community, organisations, social settings and employment. (6:48mins)

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Your Say, Your Rights2012WDV in collaboration with Self Advocacy Resource UnitTechnology

a project which looked at the use of technologies to increase social support and information opportunities for women with disabilities. The ‘Your Say Your Rights’ project had a focus on reaching women with disabilities who are particularly isolated. The project conducted a series of roundtables for women with specific disabilities who, to varying degrees, experience isolation, lack access to information, and lack input into decision making in the community.


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