Disability Family Violence Learning Program Consultations with family violence

Disability family violence learning program

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Disability Family Violence Learning Program ). Consultations with family violence workers and the mapping of training research indicate challenges to workers’ engagement with training opportunities. There is a need for leadership from managers and strong support from regional co-ordinators, and word of mouth, in devising ways to support workers to take up training opportunities. Family violence workers explained that whilst their respective agencies may encourage staff to have training, their workloads have increased to such an extent that they are reluctant to do so as there is no-one to fill in for them. This means they do not have the opportunity to network or get information about training for supporting women with disabilities. To date all training programs have been delivered to less than capacity numbers, with some training days cancelled owing to lack of registrations. Women’s experiences of mainstream health professionals’ responses suggest that the latter (including psychologists and counsellors) require education about the links between family violence and disability, the impact of violence on women and children (including violence-induced disabilities), and early intervention and risk assessment skills.
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Members of the judiciary, lawyers, court officials and police require better education about family violence and its impact on women and children with disabilities. Monitoring, research and evaluation Monitoring and evaluative processes to measure the prevalence and nature of violence against women and children with disabilities are lacking. We do not know enough about the help- seeking experiences of women with disabilities who have been subject to violence, or about the experiences of family workers in supporting women with disabilities, as this project was only able to undertake limited research in these two areas.
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  • Summer '16
  • Ramon Wawire

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