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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.

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RP.14.12

What does it take?
Developing informed and effective tertiary responses to violence and abuse for women and girls with disabilities in Australia

Completed
August 2017

This national project will identify models of good practice for responding to women and girls with disabilities who have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault.


A national survey will be conducted to understand the extent to which existing mainstream and specialist services are effective and accessible. Based on the findings of the survey, three services that represent models of good practice will be identified and invited to participate in in-depth case-studies. To inform the case-studies, interviews or focus groups will be carried out with women and/or girls with disabilities who have used the services, as well as with service staff.

A cross sector action group will also be formed at each site, which will include women with disabilities and service providers. The groups will collaborate with the researchers to understand the research findings and to develop guidelines and recommendations for new and improved practice.

This research will result in an in-depth understanding of current mainstream and specialist approaches to supporting women and girls with disabilities who have experienced violence or abuse, provide three models of good practice, and guidelines for the provision of high quality, accessible services for this target group.

This project will provide:

  • better knowledge about the services available to women and girls with a disability experiencing violence; and
  • evidence to support better services for women with a disability experiencing violence.

Researchers

Principal chief investigator:

Dr Patsie Frawley, Senior Lecturer/Research Fellow, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University.

Chief investigators:

Associate Professor Sue Dyson, Principal Research Fellow, The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, LaTrobe University.

Dr Sally Robinson, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University.

Research partners / team members:

Women with Disabilities Victoria.

Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASA) Forum


Downloads

Publications

"Whatever it takes”: Access for women with disabilities to domestic and family violence services: Key findings and future directions

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Publications

“Whatever it takes”: Access for women with disabilities to domestic and family violence services: Final report

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Publications

What does it take? Developing informed and effective tertiary responses to violence and abuse of women and girls with disabilities in Australia: State of knowledge paper

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see also

Resources

One Size Does Not Fit All - Interactive Poster

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Resources

One Size Does Not Fit All - A0 sized print version

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Budget

$353,600 (approx.)

Funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2014 core grant round.

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Contact ANROWS

PO Box Q389, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Phone: 61 2 8374 4000
| Email: enquiries@anrows.org.au

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