Although there is limited research regarding rates of domestic and family violence against women with disability, the weight of evidence consistently points to women with disability being at greater risk of experiencing DFV than those without disability. It’s therefore very important for DFV services to be able to effectively support people with disability and to address any barriers they may face in accessing supports.
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) and DVNSW have jointly produced a Disability Toolkit. It has three parts:
– Types of DFV experienced by women with disability that are not experienced by women without disability
– Barriers that women with disability encounter when accessing DFV services, and
– How to address these barriers
- 2. 30 Ways to Make Your Service More Accessible: guidance on how to make your service as accessible to people with disability as possible, across the domains of physical, informational, attitudinal and procedural accessibility
- 3. Creating an Inclusion Action Plan: a document you can use as a starting point to develop an IAP tailored to your service.
WWILD has produced How to Hear Me, a resource kit for counsellors and other professionals working with people with intellectual disabilities.
- This resource covers a range of issues affecting people with intellectual disabilities, including communication, social disadvantage, discrimination and cognitive issues. Although some of the information provided is specifically tailored towards counsellors, the resource kit also contains information that would be helpful to anyone involved in frontline service delivery to clients with intellectual disabilities.
- These guidelines provide guidance for homelessness sector workers regarding how to support clients with disability, who are escaping DFV, to gain access to, and participate in, the NDIS.
The Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS) maintains a Disability Gateway website.
- This website aims to assist people with disability, their families and carers, to access disability-related information and services relevant to them. Besides the website, DSS has established a dedicated phone line (1800 643 787) and social media channels that also form part of the Disability Gateway.