Whilst some family violence workers have suggested a specialist service be

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Whilst some family violence workers have suggested a specialist service be developed for women with disabilities experiencing violence, our analysis indicates that there is strong evidence for encouraging the family violence services to obtain specialist advice, secondary consultation, and education from existing disability and family violence advocacy and peak body services.
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Collaboration between disability and family violence (and other) sectors There is currently minimal collaboration between the family violence and disability sectors and yet our analysis of positive developments in Victoria, other jurisdictions in Australia and overseas indicates that the most beneficial responses to women with disabilities experiencing violence involve strong collaborative partnerships in which expertise is shared between these (and other) service sectors. Time commitment to the development of cross-sectoral partnerships, systems and building capacity relationships requires financial and human resources that are often beyond individual staff and agency commitments. The role of cross-sectoral, specialist initiatives provides ‘beacons’ for good practice. They not only respond to unmet needs but provide leadership for the whole sector in an area where practice and policy has been generally poorly developed. Risk assessment If, as the international and Australian literature indicates, women with disabilities are at greater risk of being targeted by perpetrators of violence, we need to find ways to capture this in assessing women’s risk. This is an issue
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requiring sensitivity in order to avoid labelling women with disabilities as automatically experiencing violence. Access Access is generally understood in merely physical terms; there is insufficient understanding of the fact that awareness of – and attitudes to – ‘disability’ is also part of providing a supportive service to women experiencing family violence and the capacity to engage with women with disabilities. For example, one family violence worker said they were doubtful that management would see supporting women with disabilities as “part of their core business” in providing a family violence service. That said, physical inaccessibility is a major impediment to agencies being able to offer services that are inclusive of women of all abilities. Physical access also means the ability to reach a service and having access to all of its essential facilities. Information and communication Access also involves women with disabilities having knowledge about violence and abuse and for information to be available in accessible, alternative formats (such as sign interpreters, Braille, audio, Plain and Easy English, electronic text, SMS and telephone access relay services). Few services, however,
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provide information in alternative formats that are accessible to women with particular functional impairments. To provide good information, services must consider the needs of women with disabilities in their planning and ensure that their staff have the appropriate training and skills.
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  • Summer '16
  • Ramon Wawire

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