This program reveals the reality of the lives of many Australians with disabilities, who say they’ve been virtually abducted by the state, stripped of their assets, and stopped from speaking out – until now.
Closing date: March 14, 2022
The Board Governance Officer will work closely with the CEO to oversee the day-to-day administrative requirements and compliance obligations of the WDV Board.
“As well as experiencing violence from family and our partners in our private home, we’re in disability group homes or in mental health inpatient wards. We’ve got disability support workers coming into our homes to do things like help us go to bed and help us shower,” Jen Hargrave from Women with Disability Victoria said.
“Violence against women and girls with disabilities is not perpetrated by a ‘few bad apples,’ it looks like street harassment, controlling behaviours by paid and unpaid carers, doctors and policy-makers taking away reproductive choices, and institutional violence.”
A new groundbreaking report has revealed alarmingly high rates of violence experienced by women and girls with disabilities, with 65 per cent having experienced violence. Our Watch and Women with Disabilities Victoria has found women and girls with disabilities are twice as likely to experience physical and sexual violence compared to able bodied women and girls.
Guest: Jen Hargrave, Senior Policy Officer at Women with Disabilities Victoria
Women told us being on the NDIS took a lot of time and effort. They said communicating with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) was difficult, and the application process was challenging and emotionally draining.
Alarming statistics about the violence and abuse experienced by women and girls with disability have been laid bare for a Commonwealth inquiry, including increased reports of strangulation during the pandemic.
Women with cognitive and intellectual disability are increasingly being abused through technology, with perpetrators monitoring their behaviour, tracking their movements and encouraging them to share naked images, a new Australian study has found.
This video introduces 6 keystones for understanding disability. By putting them in place, we can work together for a more inclusive and equitable society.
The online self-paced 2-part micro-course explores violence against women with disabilities. The first course increases awareness of the impact of violence against women with disabilities and the second course introduces prevention of violence against women with disabilities. The aim is to assist the disability, prevention, social services, and government workforces to understand how easily violence against women with disabilities can occur and what actions you can take to prevent it.
About 47% of adults with disability have experienced violence, yet the lack of accessible and inclusive services makes escaping violence extremely difficult for women with disability. Researcher within the Disability Health Unit, at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Jen Hargrave, says this problem is unfortunately common for people with disability.
Mums with an intellectual disability already risk family violence and losing their kids. Coronavirus could make things worse
The coronavirus pandemic is keeping us at home due to widespread unemployment, school closures and social distancing. This has already led to concerns about an upsurge in domestic and family violence.
Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) are about to launch an exciting new website for all women and girls with disability living in Australia.
Disabled women are being constantly groped without their consent – even by people who think they are helping
As a criminologist, I have been researching hate crime and sexual violence for the last 15 years. The emergence of the #MeToo movement and wider efforts to tackle street harassment have been an exciting opportunity to tackle abuse against women. However, the experiences of disabled women have often been missing from public debate and policy.
Closing date: June 17, 2019
We all have a story to tell.
Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is looking for stories from women and girls with disability to showcase on the new Virtual Centre for Women and Girls with Disabilities.