Connecting the dots: Understanding the DFV experiences of children and young people with disability within and across sectors
This project aims to:
- Scope and map current data capture of CYPWD experiencing DFV, identifying gaps and limitations and mapping new intersections unique to this population.
- Develop a new understanding of the support and service needs, priorities and perspectives of CYPWD experiencing DFV, as well as system barriers and enablers.
- Determine steps to bring service processes into better alignment with CYPWD’s priorities.
The project will take a mixed method approach, conducted across three phases.
Phase one: quantitative analysis of state and national administrative linked data sets containing information about disability and/or DFV.
Phase two: interviews and focus groups will be conducted in six sites in South Australia with:
- young people with disability (12 to 18 years)
- families/carers of CYPWD
- practitioners across service types.
Phase three: A workshop will generate collaborative priorities and recommendations for how to bring practice and policy into better alignment with CYPWD’s priorities for support and service needs.
This project will begin to address one of the evidence gaps of the 2020 interim report of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. The report concluded that there is an omission of people with disability from national data collections and a lack of analysis of data on violence and disability, and therefore limited evidence to inform government.
This project will develop the first picture of the prevalence and extent of CYPWD exposed to DFV in Australia, with additional focus on intersecting forms of difference and marginalisation. It also centres the experiences and priorities of CYPWD who have experienced DFV and ensures any policy and practice recommendations are child-focused.
Professor Sally Robinson, Professor, Disability and Community Inclusion, Flinders University
Associate Professor Melissa O’Donnell, Australian Centre for Child Protection, The University of South Australia
Associate Professor Tim Moore, Deputy Director, Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia
Professor Fiona Arney, Co-Director, Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia
Associate Professor kylie valentine, Deputy Director, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW
Professor Chris Brebner, Dean (Education), College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University
Dr Amy Marshall, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Disability and Community Inclusion, Flinders University
Dr Jan Idle, Postdoctoral Fellow in Disability and Community Inclusion, Flinders University
This project is funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2020–2022 Core Grant round.