New research explores prevention of violence against women with disability in Australia

Women with disability continue to experience disproportionate levels of violence in Australia.

A new report commissioned by Respect Victoria explores the extent and nature of violence against women with disability in Australia, and ‘what works’ to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Nationally, 1 in 3 women with disability report at least one incident of violence since the age of 15.

Using a co-design approach with women with disability, the research – conducted by the University of Melbourne – identifies and tests priority settings for primary prevention action.

The report outlines a number of suggested solutions, including working with the disability workforce to challenge the drivers of violence against women with disability.

It also urges the importance of supporting women and girls with disability to play a central role in designing and delivering initiatives to prevent violence against women.

While violence against women with disability can be driven by a number of factors, the primary intersecting factors are ableism and sexism.

By addressing ableism and sexism in the places we work, learn, live and play, we can all play a part in preventing violence against women with disability.

To access the full report and fact sheets, visit the webpage here.

We also recommend taking a look at Our Watch and Women with Disabilities Victoria’s recent publication, Changing the landscape: A national resource to prevent violence against women and girls with disabilities.