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New ANROWS research project on women with disability who have experienced violence
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New ANROWS research project on women with disability who have experienced violence

Wednesday, 22nd June 2016


Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) has funded a new research project as part of its 2014-16 Research Priorities.

The project, “Women, disability and violence: Creating access to justice”, will explore the experiences of women with disability in seeking access to justice when they have faced violence and/or sexual assault either inside or outside their relationships.

Researchers from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences will work on this project in partnership with People with Disability Australia. Founded in 1981, in the International Year of Disabled Persons, People with Disability Australia (PWDA) seeks to provide people with disability with a voice of their own.

The research team’s standpoint approach will centre women’s voices and experiences, and their insights will be explored in relation to those of service providers and other justice sector stakeholders.

Projects under ANROWS’s Research Priorities 2014-2016, including this one, were selected using an open, merit-based grants application process in May 2014. This project adds to those under ANROWS’s Research Program specifically examining issues for women with disability who experience violence, and the justice system, respectively.

ANROWS recognises the importance of evidence on the experiences, effects and impacts of violence against women with disability to inform policy and practice, a research priority under the National Research Agenda to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.

Project 4.4 Women, disability and violence: Creating access to justice

Research Team:
Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher, School of Social Sciences, Monash University
Dr Claire Spivakovsky, School of Social Sciences, Monash University
Professor Jude McCulloch, School of Social Sciences, Monash University
Dr Jessica Cadwallader, People with Disability Australia (representing Australia Cross Disability Alliance)

This project is part of Monash University’s Gender and Family Violence Focus Program, which works on prevention of all forms of family violence.

For more information on ANROWS’s research program, see 2014-16 Research Priorities Projects



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