Overview

Providing information is key component of our work. We actively seek to inform, influence, educate and advocate on the rights of women with disabilities, in relation to our priority areas. We write submissions to influence government policy and legislation, undertake and support research, provide newsletters to members and supporters, and present at conferences and other events in the community. In seeking to advance the rights of women with disabilities, we utilise a broad range of communication avenues and media.

We endeavour to make our information as accessible as possible, to the broadest range of people. Some of the ways we do this is through ensuring our website is accessible and W3C compliant, offering large print versions of print materials, testing our forms with screen readers, and researching the accessibility needs of different women with disabilities.  

This page contains many of our key resources and publications. Please see also the News & Events page for our newsletters, media releases and event related information. Publications that relate to Women with Disabilities Victoria as an organisation - such as our promotional brochure or strategic documents - can further be found in the About Us section of this website.

For more information on our priority areas, please go to Our Work.

 

Our Recent Publications


Fact Sheets:

Violence Position Statement:
Our Position Paper on violence against women with disabilities is now available.
 
The paper gives an overview of

  • women’s experiences,
  • examples of service initiatives,
  • research,
  • recommendations for action,
  • and a clear position on preventing and responding to violence against women with disabilities.

The position statement is more in-depth than the Violence Fact Sheet, and is seen as particularly useful for policy makers, program managers and those interested in violence from the perspectives of both gender and disability.

WDV Violence Position Paper (web version)

 


Our newsletters.

We have two newsletters that are distributed to our subscribers, Violence and Disability Quarterly issued 4 times a year and our eNewsletter which is release fortnightly.

For previous issues or to subscribe, please see below or email wdv@wdv.org.au

Violence and Disability Quarterly:

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Previous issues:

Violence & Disability Quarterly Oct 2014 (featuring housing vacancies and Election 2014)

Violence and Disability Quarterly May 2014

Violence and Disability Quarterly March 2014

Violence and Disabiity Quarterly December 2013

Violence and Disability Quarterly: October 2013

Violence and Disability Quarterly July 2013

Violence and Disability Quarterly April 2013

 

WDV eNews:

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Previous issues:

 

WDV eNews Late July 2014

WDV eNews Early July 2014

WDV eNews Late June 2014

WDV eNews Early June 2014

WDV eNews Late May 2014

WDV eNews Mid May 2014

WDV enews Early May 2014

WDV eNews Late April 2014

WDV eNews Early April 2014

WDV eNews March 2014

WDV eNews Late February 2014

WDV eNews Early February 2014

WDV eNews Late January 2014

WDV eNews Early January 2014

WDV eNews December 2013

WDV eNews November 2013

 

Landmark Research: 'voices Against Violence (May 2014)

Voices Against Violence is an initiative of Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV), in partnership with the Office for the Public Advocate (OPA) and the Domestic Violence Resources Centre Victoria (DVRCV).

The project reports on the extent and nature of violence against women with disabilities in Victoria. As well as interviews with women with disabilities about their experiences of violence, it includes an overview of current issues, a review of legislative protections, a review of the records of OPA and interviews with its staff and volunteers. The project includes seven individual reports.

The project was funded by Gandel Philanthropy and a research grant from the Legal Services Board Grants Program. We are grateful to these organisations for their generous support of the project.

Media Enquiries: simone.flanagan@wdv.org.au or Ph: 03 92867804  

Order print copies of the seven Voices Against Violence reports ($20 each or $100 for the set).
Download: Voices Against Violence - publication order form
Phone: 03 9286 7800
Email: wdv@wdv.org.au

You can download an electonic version of the reports below:

Voices Against Violence Paper One Executive Summary

This paper collates the information from the Voices Against Violence Research Project publications and sets out the recommendations arising from the research project.

Voices Against Violence Paper Two Current Issues in Understanding and Responding to Violence Against Women with Disabilitites (PDF 1.1MB)

This paper provides a conceptual starting point for the issues raised throughout the series of papers that make up the Voices Against Violence Research Project. Positioned within a human rights feminist approach, it reviews current knowledge about the nature and extent of violence against women with disabilities; the barriers to services faced by women with disabilities who have experienced violence; and outlines promising initiatives currently underway in Victoria that may help repair the harm and prevent the injustice of violence. In doing so, it examines the challenges in defining what we mean by violence against women with disabilities as opposed to violence against people with disabilities, men with disabilities, or women in general, and why this matters. It highlights the importance of examining disability-based violence and its interrelationship with gender-based violence

Voices Against Violence Paper Three A Review of the Legislative Protections Available to Women with Disabilities who have Experienced Violence in Victoria (PDF 1.4MB)

This paper reviews Victorian and Federal legislation and related literature. It also looks at the practical perspectives provided by stakeholders regarding the adequacy of legal protections and barriers to justice for women with disabilities in Victoria who have experienced violence, and presents a clear pathway for future practice, legislative amendment and research. Legislation reviewed includes the:
• Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic)
• Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic)
• Personal Safety Intervention Orders Act 2010 (Vic)
• Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)
• Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)

Voices Against Violence Paper Four A Review of the Public Advocate's Records on Violence Against Women with Disabilities (PDF 1.1MB)

This paper is based on a review of OPA’s Advocate/Guardian program files. OPA’s Advocate/Guardian program provides guardianship, investigation and individual advocacy services to Victorians with cognitive impairments and/or mental illness. The aim of the file review was to ascertain how many women who are clients of OPA’s Advocate/Guardian program have reportedly experienced violence. In order to find this out, the project reviewed the first 100 Advocate/Guardian case files involving women that were allocated to OPA in the 2011–12 financial year.

Voices Against Violence Paper Five Interviews with Staff and Volunteers from the Office of the Public Advocate (PDF 1.8MB)

This paper involved interviews with 25 staff and volunteers from OPA’s major program areas. The interviews explored participants’ experiences in working with women with cognitive impairments and/or mental illnesses who had experienced violence, or who were at risk of experiencing violence. The participants were asked to reflect on the circumstances of the women they had worked with at OPA. They were also asked to talk about the particular challenges for women with disabilities who have experienced violence, and what can be done to address violence and prevent it from reoccurring.

Voices Against Violence Paper Six Hearing from Women with Disabilities (PDF 1.2MB)

This paper involved in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 20 Victorian women with disabilities who have been subject to violence. The interviews explored women’s experiences of violence, how their disabilities impacted the violence they experienced, whom they went to for support, and their experiences with violence response services (such as police, family violence and sexual assault services). Women also talked about the changes they felt were required to better support women with disabilities who have experienced violence and their suggestions for preventing violence against women with disabilities.

Voices Against Violence Paper Seven Easy English Summary (PDF 3MB)

This paper summarises the major findings and recommendations of the Voices Against Violence Research Project in Easy English. The paper uses everyday words, simple sentence structure, and pictorials in order to convey the important findings of the research.
These papers have been written by different authors over a period of time, reflecting different language and definitions. In this period, the complexity of dealing with violence in different contexts – which employ different understandings of disability and different understandings of violence – has become evident. Grappling with this complexity has been a valuable learning and the thinking of the project team has evolved through the life of the project. We have endeavoured to standardise the language across papers as far as possible.

Your Say, your Rights (Oct 2012)

A Project about Information and Communication Technology and Women with Disabilities

Women with Disabilities Victoria in collaboration with the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) undertook a project which looked at the use of technologies to increase social support and information opportunities for women with disabilities.

The Your Say Your Rights project had a focus on reaching women with disabilities who are particularly isolated.

The project conducted a series of roundtables for women with specific disabilities who, to varying degrees, experience isolation, lack access to information, and lack input into decision making in the community.

'Your Say, Your Rights': Women with disabilities and Information Communication Technology (ICT) PDF (1MB) Word (2.2MB) Easy English (PDF | 934KB)

Claiming Our Future (2010)

Women with Disabilities Victoria: Claiming Our Future (PDF 3.9MB) | Text Only (Word 296KB)

Landmark Research: 'Building the Evidence' Report (2008)

The Building the Evidence Project analyses the extent to which current Victorian family violence policy and practice recognises and provides for women with disabilities who experience violence; and makes recommendations to improve responses to women with disabilities dealing with family violence.

The research project was undertaken because we do not know the full extent of violence against women with disabilities because statistics about women with disabilities who experience violence are not collected well. Studies here and overseas suggest it is twice the rate of violence against non-disabled women. Meanwhile, the majority of women with disabilities do not have access to the resources they need to protect themselves from violence. Family violence and family services are not equipped to meet the needs of women with diverse disabilities; and disability services have not been adequately equipped to identify or respond to experiences of family violence.

The research was undertaken as a collaboration between the Women with Disabilities Victoria, the Alfred Felton Research Program at the University of Melbourne, and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria.

Accessing the Building the Evidence Report

The Building the Evidence Report can be downloaded in various formats, below. You can purchase a hard copy version by downloading the order form and sending it back to us.

Full report, PDF:
Building the Evidence: a report on the status of policy and practice in responding to violence against women with disabilities in Victoria (PDF 1.81MB)

Full report, Microsoft Word:
Building the Evidence: a report on the status of policy and practice in responding to violence against women with disabilities in Victoria (Word 13.8MB)

Full report, Microsoft Word, no pictures:
Building the Evidence: a report on the status of policy and practice in responding to violence against women with disabilities in Victoria (Word 3.65MB)

Executive Summary, Microsoft Word, 16 font:
Building the Evidence - Executive Summary, 16 font (Word 66KB)

Executive Summary, HTML, 16 font:
Building the Evidence - Executive Summary, 16 font (HTML 43KB)

Individual chapters, PDF:

Executive Summary (PDF 73.2KB)

Research at a glance (PDF 691KB)

Recommendations (PDF 80KB)

1 Introduction (PDF 1.12MB)

2 Situating violence against women with disabilities (PDF 202KB)

3 Women's experiences of family violence response system (PDF 138KB)

4 Workers' experiences of supporting women with disabilities in the family response system (PDF 79.3KB)

5 Data collection and research (PDF 204KB)

6 Family violence standards and guidelines (PDF 248KB)

7 Workforce development (PDF 206KB)

8 Positive developments in service response to women with disabilities experiencing violence (PDF 151KB)

9 Conclusion (PDF 35.8KB)

References (PDF 101KB)

Appendices (PDF 134KB)

A Framework for Influencing Change - Responding to Violence against Women with Disabilities

To address violence against women with disabilities, we produced a framework called: A framework for influencing change - responding to violence against women with disabilities 2007-2009.

The framework can be downloaded in various formats:

Full report, PDF:
A framework for influencing change – responding to violence against women with disabilities, 2007-2009 (PDF 173KB)

Full report, Word:
A framework for influencing change – responding to violence against women with disabilities, 2007-2009 (Word 240KB)

The Framework outlines 12 key strategies to guide the advocacy work of Women with Disabilities Victoria. The Framework targets family violence and sexual assault as priority areas of concern. The framework seeks to intersect with the Victorian Government’s Family violence and sexual assault reform strategies currently being implemented under the Women’s safety strategy and Fairer Victoria policy.

Women with Disabilities Victoria collaborate with VicHealth to address violence

Women with Disabilities Victoria provided input into to VicHealth's framework to guide primary prevention of intimate partner violence.

More information: Working with VicHealth to address violence

Women with Disabilities Victoria contributes to the frameworks of other organisations addressing violence against women, such as providing input to VicHealth's Framework to guide primary prevention of intimate partner violence. This framework guided VicHealth's project, Respect, responsibility and equality: preventing violence against women, 2007 (PDF 42KB) and their Disability and health inequalities in Australia Research Summary (PDF).

Women with Disabilities Victoria contributed to a Review of literature addressing intimate partner violence against women with disabilities (PDF 109KB) to the VicHealth framework. Download a full copy of the literature review (PDF 109KB)

Other key resources addressing violence against women with disabilities

The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria DVRCV) has produced the following resources:

  • Getting safe against the odds: for women with disabilities who experience violence, 2007
  • Triple disadvantage: out of sight, out of mind. Violence against women with disabilities, 2003

Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) has produced the WWDA Resource Manual on Violence Against Women With Disabilities (2007), made up of four booklets:

  • It's not ok, it's violence: information about domestic violence and women with disabilities
  • A life like mine: narratives from women with disabilities who experience violence
  • Forgotten sisters: a global review of violence against women with disabilities
  • More than just a ramp: a guide for women's refuges to develop disability Discrimination Act action plans

The Federation of Community Legal Centres has produced discussion papers related to violence against women with disabilities:

  • Advocacy: making rights realilty. For sexual assault victims/survivors with a cognitive impairment
  • Beyond justice, beyond belief

Other Sources:

***Other papers can be found in advocacy/violence/key papers 2012***

 

Submissions to government

Submissions are an important way to give feedback on government policy. It is important that government decisions consider the needs of women with disabilities. The following are links to submissions that Women with Disabilities Victoria have written or contributed to:

2016

State Disability Plan submission (PDF)

Response to the ILC Commissioning Framework (Word) (PDF)

Submission to the Victorian Gender Equality Consultation 2016 (PDF) - please contact the office if you would like a Word version of this

Magistrates' Court disability access survey report - please contact the office for a copy of this

2015

Submission regarding VicHealth Public Health and Wellbeing Plan plan (PDF) (Word)

Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services: submission part 2 October 2015 (PDF)

Victorian Mental Health Plan consultation - Sept 2015 (Word)

Family Violence Royal Commission hearing transcript Day 017, 11 August 2015 - Women with Disabilities Victoria provides evidence (PDF)

Family Violence Royal Commission submission 2015 (PDF)(Word)

National Disability Advocacy Framework Review - July 2015 (Word)

Submission to the ILC (Information, Linkages and Capacity-Building) Framework (Word)

NDIS Safeguarding and Quality Framework submission 2015 (PDF)(Word)

Victorian Ombudsman's Inquiry into Disability Abuse Reporting submission 2015 (Word)

Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services: Submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Committee on Family and Community Development (PDF)(Word)

Australian Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings 2015 (Word)

2014

WDV DV Senate Inquiry submission 2014 (Accessible PDF)

WDV Submission to the Inquiry into Social Inclusion and Victorian with a Disability

2013

Submission to the NDIS Rules Consultation, March 2013 (PDF 126KB)

Joint NDIS Submission, January 2013 (PDF 3.9MB)

2012

Draft State Disability Plan 2013 - 16, July 2012 (PDF 348KB)

Submission on Vic Govt Violence Against Women Action Plan, July 2012 (PDF 655KB)
Submission on Vic Govt Violence Against Women Action Plan, July 2012 (Word 545KB)

2011

Response to the Productivity Commission’s Disability Care and Support Draft Report, May 2011 (PDF 262KB)
Response to the Productivity Commission’s Disability Care and Support Draft Report, May 2011 (Word docx 162KB)

2010

Key Action Areas on Health, 2010 (PDF 45KB)

Identity Motivated Hate Crime Review, April 2010 (Word 55KB)

Family Violence Strategic Framework: A Right to Justice and Safety, February 2010 (Word 120 KB)

Victorian Election Statement, 2010 (PDF 886KB)

Joint Submission on Family Law Amendment Family Violence Bill, January 2010 (PDF 255KB)

2009

National Women’s Health Policy Consultation, July 2009 (Word 144KB)

National Human Rights Consultation Submission, June 2009 (Word 103KB)

Non-Family Violence Intervention Order System Review, April 2009 (Word 194KB)

2008

Equal Opportunity Act Review Submission, January 2008 (Word 125KB)

2007

Law Reform Commission on Abortion, November 2007 (PDF 70KB)
Law Reform Commission on Abortion, November 2007 (Word 85KB)

Papers

Access to Health Services for Women with Disabilities


Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) repeatedly hear about our members’ experiences of inadequate and non-responsive health services: not feeling respected; not being involved in the decisions that affect their health care and treatment; not being able to get onto the examination table; or the recurrent focus on their disability, rather than their health concerns.


This review was commissioned to identify what current research and literature can tell us about ways to improve access to health services for women with disabilities. The absence of evidence on the health experiences of women with disabilities in Australia is stark. In itself, this lack of research is an indicator of the depth of discrimination and the invisibility of women with disabilities within health research, policy and priorities. Key barriers and areas for action are identified and summarised below. Women with disabilities make up 20% of women. Whether we are from Cobram, or a community residential unit in Coburg; whether we are an Aboriginal woman, or were born in Afghanistan; whether we are lesbian, or heterosexual, we are women first.

Our health and wellbeing is critically important to us, and to the health of the whole community.

You can download or view the full paper below:

Access to health services - the issues for women with disabilities

 

Videos & Multimedia

Check out WDVchannel - our official YouTube site - for great video resources.

Below are some of the videos you will find on there:

Violence against women with disabilities

5:52mins | Uploaded on 27 Feb 2012

Women with disabilities experience violence at a higher rate, for longer periods, and are less likely to report the abuse, than women without disabilities (Healey, 2008). Tricia Malowney, Chair of Women with Disabilities Victoria, and Ariane Garner-Williams, youth and women with disabilities advocate, talk about some of the issues that arise for this doubly disadvantaged group, in terms of violence.

The producer of this video is happy for it to be used to raise awareness of the issues entailed. So feel free to share it, screen it and otherwise use it in your work. For more information on this video, you can contact Sarah Boyd at sarah.boyd2@gmail.com.

Access to Employment

8:17mins | uploaded on 12 Feb 2012

Executive Director, Keran Howe, and Project Officer, Lauren Hayes, talk about access to employment for women with disabilities.

We gratefully acknowledge the Office for Disability in allowing us to use footage from their DVD 'Building Disability Inclusive Organisations' in producing this video.

Staying healthy, staying safe: issues for women with disabilities

10:02 mins | uploaded on 21 Aug 2011

Jane interviews Keran Howe, Executive Director of Women with Disabilities Victoria, to discuss the importance of a gendered perspective in health promotion for women with disabilities.

Information Accessibility

Website

Women with Disabilities Victoria wishes to ensure that the content of our web site is accessible to the greatest possible audience, and the widest range of software and hardware.

  • Colour contrast
  • Text re-size function
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Font sizes
  • Unique Hyperlink names
  • Clear navigation structure

You may change the font size of this document using the preference-settings of your browser. Follow the steps below to change the size of the text for the web page you are viewing:

Clearinghouse

Section sub-menu:

Overview

Women with Disabilities Victoria maintains an Online Resource Collection (also known as a 'clearinghouse' or 'library') of information resources to support systemic advocacy in its key priority areas.

The Collection also includes some information resources that do not refer directly to these priority areas, but assist in understanding them and in performing systemic advocacy work. The Clearinghouse contains hundreds of high quality resources, in a variety of formats, many of which are available online. There is no other searchable clearinghouse of information addressing these issues in Victoria, or Australia.

This collection is made available for use by women with disabilities, students, researchers, teachers, policy makers, service providers and others seeking to improve the human rights of women with disabilities.

This service has been developed through a partnership with Women’s Health Victoria (WHV).

We welcome your feedback on any aspect of the Clearinghouse, including its design and content. Please don't hesitate to email us.

2013 update:
The Clearinghouse is currently under review and is not been actively resourced.
We welcome any feedback and comments you may have to assist in this process.

>> Search the Online Resource Collection

Clearinghouse scope

The Collection contains information resources in a variety of forms, including: Articles and Papers, Fact sheets, Frameworks, Legislative materials, Reports and Submissions. The Collection also provides links to relevant Organisations and Directories. The scope of the Clearinghouse collection reflects the priority areas of Women with Disabilities Victoria’s work:

  • Violence
  • Access to Health Services
  • Parenting & Reproductive Rights
  • Access to Employment

If you require more information on related topics, you may like to visit the following clearinghouses and information providers:

How to use the Clearinghouse

Start your search for resources by selecting a simple or advanced search using the drop-down menu on the right hand side of the clearinghouse search page.

The following tips may help you sharpen your search.

Some tips on using the search fields

ANY WORD: Use this search field for a broad search. This will search for your word or phrase in the title, author, abstract and publisher fields. It will bring up results that have exact matches with your spelling and phrasing. You are likely to get more results by typing 'women with disabilities' or 'disabled women', than by typing 'disabilities women', because very few titles, author names, abstracts and publisher names will include the exact phrase 'disabilities women'.

SUBJECT: Use this search field for a more focussed search. Use the ‘browse’ button to select one or more subject terms from the list.

RESOURCE TYPE: If you are looking for a particular type of resource, use the ‘browse’ button to select one or more resource types from the list. You will notice that one of the resource types is ‘organisations’. If you want to find organisations offering particular services, you can specify the services in the ORG. SERVICE TYPE field, using the 'browse' list. The Women with Disablities Victoria Clearinghouse includes organisations that provide information, training and advocacy services. To find organisations that provide a broader range of direct services, such as disability and health services, try Disability Online.

ORG. GEOGRAPHIC AREA: If you are wanting to find organisations that service particular geographic areas, use the ‘browse’ list to select the areas you are interested in. Again, please note that the Women with Disablities Victoria Clearinghouse limits its focus to organisations that provide information, training and advocacy services. To find other services in the geographic area that interests you, try Disability Online.

Using the browse button

  • Press the browse button to bring up the browse box
  • Find the term you want in the list
  • Add your term to the search screen by pressing the ‘add’ button
  • Repeat this process until you have finished making your selections
  • Close the browse box
  • Start your search by pressing the search button.

Using AND, OR, NOT in an advanced search

The advanced search screen includes the option for selecting AND, OR, NOT, on the left hand side of each field. These options can help you search more accurately.

For example, if you are looking for organisations run by women with disabilities, but you are not interested in organisations within Australia, use the following:

SUBJECT: women with disabilities [AND] RESOURCE TYPE: organisations [NOT] ORG. GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Australia

Using symbols within a search field

* Use / for OR searching

For example, if you want to search for ‘women with disabilities’ OR ‘violence’ in the SUBJECTS field, you need to make sure these terms are separated by the / symbol. This will be a broad search for all resources about ‘women with disabilities’ and all resources about ‘violence’.

* Use & for AND searching 

For example, if you want to search for ‘women with disabilities’ AND ‘violence’ in the SUBJECTS field, you need to make sure these terms are separated by the & symbol. This will be a narrow search for resources that deal with ‘women with disabilities’ AND ‘violence’ in the same resource.

* Use * for truncation 

For example, use dis* to find any resources about ‘disability’, ‘disabilities’, ‘disabled’.

Use : for ranges 

For example, to search for resources published between 2005 and 2007, type 2005:2007

What to do with your search results

From the Search Results page, you have the following options: 

FULL DISPLAY: to see more information about each record.

ADD TO CART: to create a list of items that interest you. Once you have finished adding items to the information cart, you can click on the link to the information cart at the top right of the search results page. This will display the list of items you have selected. The InfoCart Toolbar allows you to print or email this list.

LOCATION OF RESOURCES: to access resources in the Women with Disablities Victoria Clearinghouse, you need to take note of the location of resources. There are four possible locations for resources:

  • Internet – Many of the resources in the VWDN AIS clearinghouse are available online, and we encourage you to follow the links we have provided (called URL links) to gain access to these. Copyright law applies to all online resources.
  • Our Clearinghouse holds a small number of physical resources that cannot be made available online. We do not provide a loans service for these items, but it may be possible to view them by appointment. Please email: wdv@wdv.org.au.
  • Women's Health Victoria Clearinghouse – Some resources are held by the Women’s Health Victoria (WHV) clearinghouse. Follow the link provided to access the WHV clearinghouse.
  • External resource – Some resources that have special value to our priorities are not held by the Women with Disablities Victoria or WHV clearinghouses. These may be held in public libraries, university libraries, or the State Library. Contact your local public library to discuss how to access these resources.

Copyright, disclaimers and privacy information

Copyright

The Women with Disablities Victoria Clearinghouse contains web links to a range of information resources, all of which are protected by the copyright laws of Australia. We encourage the use of these resources for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under copyright legislation. Apart from any use as permitted under the copyright Act 1968, all other rights are reserved. This means none of the materials may be copied (except as legally allowed for private use and study) or further disseminated without the written permission of the legal holder of that copyright.

Disclaimers

The material provided on this web site is for information purposes only and is not a substitute for talking to a professional. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate and up-to-date, however, users should carefully evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes, and should obtain any appropriate professional advice relevant to their particular circumstances. The views or opinions stated in the external resources linked to this web site do not necessarily reflect those of Women's Health Victoria or the Victorian Women with Disabilities Network. External links are provided for information purposes only.

Links

Each of the category headings below contains links to organisations that provide information and/or services relevant to our work and women with disabilities, more broadly.

Section sub-menu:

Access to health services in Victoria

Breastscreen Victoria
BreastScreen Victoria is a government funded mammography screening program in Australia for women without breast symptoms or breast problems which aims to detect breast cancer early in its development when treatment can be most effective.

Papscreen Victoria
Pap tests and related issues.

CASA Forum Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault
The Victorian CASA Forum is the peak body of the 15 Centres Against Sexual Assault, and the Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line (after hours). CASA Forum works to ensure that women, children and to live free of violence. It comprises a membership of Women's family/domestic violence services operating across the state of Victoria.

Family Planning Victoria (FPV)
FPV is an independent, non profit-making organisation that aims to offer reliable, up-to-date and non-judgmental information about contraception, family planning, safe sex and sexual and reproductive health. FPV has a Disability Services Unit, which provides counselling and educational services in the area of human relations, sexuality and sexual health for people with disabilities, parents, carers and families, teachers and other disability services workers.

Victorian Women's Health Program
The Victorian Women's Health Program aims to improve the health and well being of all Victorian women (with an emphasis on those most at risk), through the development and dissemination of health.

The Women's Hospital
The Royal Women’s Hospital is Australia’s largest specialist hospital dedicated to improving the health of all women and newborn babies. The hospital has a social model of care that recognises factors such as housing, income and stress affect women's ability to care for themselves.

Disability - information, advocacy, services

Victoria

Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU)
DARU is a statewide service run by and for people with disabilities. The ways DARU resources the Disability Advocacy sector and Disability Advocates includes: ensuring people with disabilities have their voices heard; sending out weekly email updates; maintaining a website with links to a range of resources; organising forums; offering a clearinghouse to support advocacy efforts; and providing a resource and equipment library for disability advocates.

Disability Service Commissioner
The Commissioner has been created to work with people with a disability and disability service providers to resolve complaints. The Commissioner commenced on 1 July 2007 under the Disability Act 2006 to improve services for people with a disability in Victoria. The Commissioner is independent of government, the Department of Human Services and disability service providers and provides a free confidential and supportive complaints resolution process.
The Commissioner encourages and assists the resolution of complaints in a variety of ways including discussions, conciliation processes, or under certain circumstances, through investigations.

Disability Online
Contains links to a full range of disabilities services in Victoria.

Office of the Public Advocate (OPA)
The OPA promotes the human rights, interests and dignity of Victorians with a disability.

Disability Discrimination Legal Service (DDLS)
The goal of the DDLS is to maintain, promote and carry out the aims of the Disability Discrimination Act 1993. The DDLS provides information, referrals, advice, casework assistance, community legal education and contributes to policy and law reform. Information about disability discrimination law is provided by the DDLS in a range of formats free to all members of the community. The DDLS has developed, in collaboration with Villamanta Legal Service and Victoria Legal Aid, a publication about Commonwealth and Victorian disability discrimination laws. It is called Using Disability Discrimination Law: A booklet for people with disabilities and can be downloaded from the DDLS website.

Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service
Villamanta is a free statewide legal service that works on disability related legal issues. Villamanta's mission is to advance the rights of people who have a disability related justice issue. Services provided  include information, advice, referral, legal assistance, casework, community legal education and cont

Federation of Community Legal Centres Vic
The Federation is the peak body for over 50 Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in Victoria. The Federation uses a range of strategies to achieve social justice, focusing predominantly on law reform, legal system reform and issues relating to access to justice. The Federation has produced discussion  papers related to violence against women with disabilities.

Office for Disability
The aim of the Office for Disability is to encourage and influence Victorian Government policy and activities to improve outcomes for people with a disability and to deal with barriers to participation in our communities; and to progress the vision and goals of the Victorian State Disability Plan 2013–2016 and the mandate of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

Youth Disability Advocacy Service
YDAS works alongside young people with disabilities between the ages of 12 and 25 to raise awareness of their rights and to support them to achieve what they want. YDAS provides one-on-one support through their individual advocacy service and also work on broader social issues affecting young people with disabilities through systemic advocacy.

Everyday Law
The Victoria Law Foundation has produced an award-winning website to help Victorians better understand the law and their legal system. It provides the best, plain language legal information produced by a range of organisations in one spot.The site includes information on Family, Relationships and Children (family law issues and information on family violence) and Health and Disability Rights and Services (including powers of attorney and guardianship).

Australia

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is the peak organisation for women with all types of disabilities in Australia. WWDA advocates to promote equity, reduce suffering, poverty, discrimination WWDA is unique, in that it operates as a national disability organisation, a national women's organisation; and a national human rights organisation. WWDA addresses diability within a social model, which identifies the barriers and restrictions facing women with disabilities as the focus for reform. WWDA's policy and programs areas have included: Preventing Violence Against Women with Disabilities, Sterilisation and Reproductive Health of Women and Girls with Disabilities; Leadership and Mentoring; Health and Well-Being.

Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO)
The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) has been established as the primary national voice to Government that fully represents the interests of all people with disability across Australia. AFDO’s mission is to champion the rights of people with disability in Australia and help them participate fully in Australian life.

Disability Advocacy Network of Australia (DANA)
Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) Ltd supports and strengthens independent disability advocacy agencies in their work of advocating for and with people with disabilities so that they are valued and included members of the community, their fundamental needs are met and their human rights are respected. DANA  is a network of more than 60 agencies from across Australia that undertake or provide support for,  individual advocacy, systemic advocacy, self advocacy, citizen advocacy, legal advocacy or family advocacy.

National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)
The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) is the only national voice advocating for the rights and interests of people from non-English speaking background (NESB) with disability, their families and carers throughout Australia.

International

Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD)
The mission of the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities, based in Texas, is to promote, develop, and disseminate information to improve the health and expand the life choices of women withdisabilities. Research topics at the Center include: Sexuality and Reproductive Health, Access to Health Care, Violence against Women with Disabilities.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The purpose of the convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities. It covers a number of key areas such as accessibility, personal mobility, health, education, employment, habilitation and rehabilitation, participation in political life, and equality and non-discrimination. The convention marks a shift in thinking about disability from a social welfare concern, to a human rights issue, which acknowledges that societal barriers and prejudices are themselves disabling.

DisAbled Women's Network (DAWN)
DAWN Canada's mission is to end the poverty, isolation, discrimination and violence experienced by women with disabilities. DAWN Canada is an organisation run by and comprised of women with disabilities. DAWN Canada is an organisation run by and comprised of women who self-identify as Women with disAbilities.

UK Disability Forum for European Affairs (UKDFfEA). Women's Committee
The UK Disability Forum for European Affairs (UKDFfEA) Women's Committee is the only national organisation of disabled women in the United Kingdom (UK).

UN Women
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, UN Women, among other issues, works for the: elimination of discrimination against women and girls; empowerment of women; and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Human rights

Victoria

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
The Commission's role includes helping resolve disability related discrimination complaints, providing education about equal opportunity, undertaking projects to reduce discrimination, racial and religious intolerance; conduct research and provide legal and policy advice; undertake specific functions in relation to the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.

Australia

Human Rights Law Resource Centre
The Human Rights Law Centre is dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights in Australia and beyond. We do this through a strategic combination of evidence-based advocacy, research, litigation and education. The HRLC is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government organisation and is a registered charity so all donations are tax deductible.

Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
The AHRC's goal is to foster greater understanding and protection of human rights in Australia and to address the human rights concerns of a broad range of individuals and groups. The AHRC’s responsibilities include: education and public awareness; discrimination and human rights complaints; human rights compliance; policy and legislative development.

International

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The purpose of the convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities. It covers a number of key areas such as accessibility, personal mobility, health, education, employment, habilitation and rehabilitation, participation in political life, and equality and non-discrimination. The convention marks a shift in thinking about disability from a social welfare concern, to a human rights issue, which acknowledges that societal barriers and prejudices are themselves disabling.

United Nations

Parenting and reproductive rights


Victoria

Parenting Research Centre
Parenting Research Centre is a statewide service that undertakes parenting research and evaluates parenting programs. It provides evidence based training and consultancy services to professionals in relation to parenting issues and how to apply the results of its research. The Parenting Research Centre also develops and disseminates a range of resource materials including those developed as part of the Positive Parenting Program.

Child Safety Commissioner
The Office of the Child Safety Commissioner is a new organisation that makes children a priority. The Commissioner provides advice to the Minister for Children on issues impacting on the lives of children, in particular vulnerable children. Core functions include: promoting child-safe environments, monitoring Victoria’s out-of-home care system, reviewing the administration of the Working with Children Act 2005 and educating and informing the community about the Act.

Women with Individual Needs (WIN) clinic , Royal Women's Hospital
The WIN clinic is a pregnancy clinic at the Royal Women's Hospital for women who require greater one on one assistance with information or with special learning needs (intellectual disability).

Yooralla Parenting Program - Jeanette Lee

Australia

Australian Family and Disability Studies Research Collaboration, University of Sydney, Faculty of Health Sciences
Research conducted within this collaboration addresses parenting with disabilities.

Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia
Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia (SH&FPA) is a national federation of eight independent state and territory sexual health and family planning organisations (FPOs). FPO’s play a key role in the provision of information and education services about sexuality and sexual health to the public, including reproduction, contraceptive methods and relationships and self-esteem.

International

Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood International (DPPI)
Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood international (DPPi) is a small UK based registered charity, controlled by disabled parents, which promotes better awareness and support for disabled people considering, during and after pregnancy and as parents.

Violence against women

Victoria

Domestic Violence Victoria (DVVic)
DVVic is a value driven peak advocacy organisation committed to the rights of women and children to live free of violence. It comprises a membership of Women's family/domestic violence services operating across the State of Victoria.

Domestic Violence Resource Centre (DVRC)

The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) is a statewide service in Melbourne, Victoria.

They provide training, publications, research and other resources to those experiencing (or who have experienced) family violence, and practitioners and service organisations who work with family violence survivors. 

The Look Out

The Lookout, is a place where Victorian family violence workers and women experiencing violence can come to find information, resources and services aimed at preventing and responding to family violence. It is also for families, friends and neighbours of women experiencing violence, as well as other professionals who support them in the course of their work.

CASA Forum Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault
The Victorian CASA Forum is the peak body of the 15 Centres Against Sexual Assault, and the Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line (after hours). CASA Forum works to ensure that women, children and men who are victim/survivors of sexual assault have access to comprehensive and timely support and intervention to address their needs. They also work towards the elimination of sexual violence through community and professional education, informing government policy, advocating for law reform and facilitating research to increase community understanding of the nature and incidence of sexual assault.

Think Safe Act Safe - an Easy English resource for men who have received intervention orders (PDF)

Australia

Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA)
The Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault aims to improve access to current information and resources in order to assist those committed to working against sexual assault. ACSSA will help to support and develop strategies that aim to prevent, respond to, and ultimately reduce the incidence of this crime. ACSSA is funded by the Office for Women, Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse
The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse is a national resource on issues of domestic violence and family violence. It provides a central point for the collection and dissemination of Australian domestic and family violence policy, practice and research. It aims to meet the information needs of government agencies, generalist and specialist service providers, researchers and interested members of the public.

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is the peak organisation for women with all types of disabilities in Australia. WWDA advocates to promote equity, reduce suffering, poverty, discrimination WWDA is unique, in that it operates as a national disability organisation, a national women's organisation; and a national human rights organisation. WWDA addresses diability within a social model, which identifies the barriers and restrictions facing women with disabilities as the focus for reform. WWDA's policy and programs areas have included: Preventing Violence Against Women with Disabilities, Sterilisation and Reproductive Health of Women and Girls with Disabilities; Leadership and Mentoring; Health and Well-Being.

International

Australasian Council of Women and Policing
The Australasian Council of Women and Policing is a growing group of women and men within police services and the community who work together to improve policing for women.

Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD)
The mission of the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities, based in Texas, is to promote, develop, and disseminate information to improve the health and expand the life choices of women withdisabilities. Research topics at the Center include: Sexuality and Reproductive Health, Access to Health Care, Violence against Women with Disabilities.

National Clearinghouse on Family Violence
The NCFV is Canada’s resource centre for information on violence within relationships of kinship, intimacy, dependency or trust.

Education on Wife Assault (EWA)
EWA’s work includes a program for Women with Disabilities. The aim of the program is to increase awareness, skills and community capacity as it relates to women with disabilities who are abused or at risk of abuse. This includes the provision of workshops and consultations for mainstream and disability ser

Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA)
Mincava provides research, education and access to violence related resources, including violence prevention training manuals, curricula and teaching resources to assist with violence prevention training.

SafePlace
SafePlace runs a programme called Disability Services ASAP, which provides education to people with disabilities in order to increase awareness about abuse, healthy relationships and sexuality.

UK Disability Forum for European Affairs (UKDFfEA). Women's Committee
The UK Disability Forum for European Affairs (UKDFfEA) Women's Committee is the only national organisation of disabled women in the United Kingdom (UK).

Women's information

Victoria

Women's Health Victoria: Clearinghouse Connector
The Clearinghouse Connector is a monthly collection of online resources selected to provide information on a specific topic of women's health. Resources cover information from research, statistics, government policy, prevailing social conditions affecting women's health status, and clinical and therapeutic management of health matters. All resources profiled in the Connector are available in the Clearinghouse collection. Topics include: Women and urinary continence; Abortion; Lesbian health; Body image; Physical activity; Menopause; Financial Security; Women with disabilities; Advocacy; Sexual and reproductive health education; Anxiety and depression.

WIRE Women's Information
Women's Information provides free information, support and referrals to women across Victoria.

Victorian Women's Health Program
The Victorian Women’s Health Program aims to improve the health and well being of all Victorian women (with an emphasis on those most at risk), through the development and dissemination of health information and research and through the provision of community and professional education. Women's Health Services work to improve the health and wellbeing of all women, but prioritize those population groups for whom access to health services is difficult. These include Koori women; women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; women with disabilities; rural women and those identified by state-wide, regional and community health planning processes.

Office of Women's Policy
Coordinates and monitors government policies and programs to do with women. This web site has information about their current areas of work and a list of their publications.

Centre for women's Health, Gender and Society
A Centre of the University of Melbourne within the Melborne School of Population and Global Health, and an international leader in research, teaching and knowledge exchange about women's health and gender.

Australia

Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is the peak organisation for women with all types of disabilities in Australia. WWDA advocates to promote equity, reduce suffering, poverty, discrimination WWDA is unique, in that it operates as a national disability organisation, a national women's organisation; and a national human rights organisation. WWDA addresses diability within a social model, which identifies the barriers and restrictions facing women with disabilities as the focus for reform. WWDA's policy and programs areas have included: Preventing Violence Against Women with Disabilities, Sterilisation and Reproductive Health of Women and Girls with Disabilities; Leadership and Mentoring; Health and Well-Being.

International

UK Disability Forum for European Affairs (UKDFfEA). Women's Committee
The UK Disability Forum for European Affairs (UKDFfEA) Women's Committee is the only national organisation of disabled women in the United Kingdom (UK).

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which Women with Disabilities Victoria is located - the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation