Articles, papers and resources

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

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.

Voices Against Violence is an initiative of Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV), in partnership with the Office for the Public Advocate (OPA) and the Domestic Violence Resources Centre Victoria (DVRCV).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 (7) individual reports.

  • Your Say, Your Rights (October, 2012)

A Project about Information and Communication Technology and Women with Disabilities

Women with Disabilities Victoria in collaboration with the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) undertook 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.

‘Your Say, Your Rights’: Women with disabilities and Information Communication Technology (ICT) PDF (1MB) Word (2.2MB) Easy English (PDF | 934KB)

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.

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.

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

Women with Disabilities Victoria provided input into to VicHealth’s framework to guide primary prevention of intimate partner violence.

A number of key resources from The Royal Commission on Family Violence, Domestic Violence Resource Centre, Women with Disabilities Australia and legal organisations.

Submissions are an important way to give feedback on government policy. It is important that government decisions consider the needs of women with disabilities. The following are links to submissions that Women with Disabilities Victoria have written or contributed to.