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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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Women, disability and violence: Barriers to accessing justice:
Final Report

This project, Women, disability and violence: Creating access to justice, draws on the insights of 36 women living in New South Wales and Victoria who outlined their experiences of seeking justice and security in the context of violence that they had experienced.

As part of their commitment to policy-relevant empirically grounded research, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) commissioned this research. The project was led by researchers from Monash University and People with Disability Australia (representing Disabled People’s Organisations Australia).

This research examines how these women worked to seek redress or support and the pathways and obstacles they encountered. This data has been augmented by interviews with 18 service providers from NSW and Victoria working in disability support services and advocacy organisations, domestic and family violence support services, and legal services. This is a qualitative project which limits generalisability: the aim here is to analyse the experiences these specific women have shared and work to identify patterns that emerge.

 

 

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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.


Authors

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 JASMINE McGOWAN
School of Social Sciences, Monash University

KARA BEAVIS
Queensland University of Technology

MEREDITH LEA
People with Disability Australia

DR JESS CADWALLADER
People with Disability Australia

THERESE SANDS
Disabled People’s Organisations Australia


ISBN: 978-1-925372-74-8 (print) | 978-1-925372-75-5 (online)

86 pp.

 

Suggested citation

Maher, J. M., Spivakovsky, C., McCulloch, J., McGowan, J., Beavis, K., Lea, M., … Sands, T. (2018). Women, disability and violence: Barriers to accessing justice: Final report (ANROWS Horizons, 02/2018). Sydney: ANROWS.

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