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

“Whatever it takes”: Access for women with disabilities to domestic and family violence services aims to help tertiary response services to respond effectively to the needs of women with disabilities. It draws on the experiences of women with disabilities who have experienced violence and abuse and have used tertiary response services.

Women with disabilities who have experienced violence seek help and support from tertiary services for similar reasons that other women do, including family and intimate partner abuse, sexual harassment and assault, coercive control, and stalking. However, women with disabilities also experience abuse related to their disability, including institutional violence and denial of provision of essential care

The research situates the perspectives of women with disabilities within case study sites and expands on the promising practice within these services through action research with local groups formed from the sites. It has informed the development of recommendations and guidelines for improved access and effective practice.

 

 

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This work is part of the ANROWS Horizons series. ANROWS Horizons (Research reports) are in-depth reports on empirical research produced under ANROWS’s research program.


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ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR SUE DYSON 
Principal Research Fellow, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health, and Society, La Trobe University

DR PATSIE FRAWLEY 
Senior Lecturer in Disability and Inclusion, Deakin University

DR SALLY ROBINSON 
Senior Research Fellow, Southern Cross University


ISBN: 978-1-925372-56-4 (print) 978-1-925372-57-1 (online)

50 pp.

 

Suggested citation

Dyson, S., Frawley, P., & Robinson, S. (2017). “Whatever it takes”: Access for women with disabilities to domestic and domestic violence services: Final report (ANROWS Horizons, 05/2017). Sydney: ANROWS.

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