Knowing this the VWDN AIS committed to address violence against women with

Knowing this the vwdn ais committed to address

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Knowing this, the VWDN AIS committed to address violence against women with disabilities as one of its core tasks. In 2007, VWDN AIS’ A Framework for Influencing Change: responding to violence against women with disabilities was launched and funding was secured from the Reichstein Foundation to undertake a 5 month research project to ‘build the evidence’ about the status of service provision, data collection, standards relevant to the family violence sector, workforce development needs, and monitoring and evaluation with regard to women with disabilities. Further funding was received from DHS, which permitted the extension of the project to 6 months. Aim of research The project aimed to work with government, universities and the relevant family violence and disability sectors to bring together a body of evidence from which recommendations could be made that would help improve family violence service responses to women with disabilities experiencing violence. In addition, the outcomes of the project aim to inform the implementation of Victoria’s Integrated Family Violence Reform and contribute to research about the Reform. 2 2 For a summary of Victoria’s family violence reform initiatives, see Section 2.5 in the main body of the report.
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Scope of research A literature review to ascertain the incidence and nature of violence against women with disabilities; The identification of legislation and Human Rights conventions and their implications for relevant services; Interviews with women with disabilities who have experienced violence - and workers (in specialist family violence agencies and family violence programs in mainstream agencies) - to document the processes of help-seeking; Identification of positive developments in service delivery by the family violence sector with regard to women with disabilities experiencing violence; The identification and analysis of current data collection processes by government and relevant sectors; The identification of relevant current family violence sector standards and an analysis of what they have to say about supporting women with disabilities; Documentation of the workforce development needs and training initiatives of the family violence sector and, where feasible, the disability sector; Documentation of recommendations for future policy, practice, research and evaluation.
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Findings Key findings Whilst there has been significant progress in incorporating women with disabilities into family violence reforms and the response system, there is still insufficient incorporation of issues facing women with disabilities, including women from Indigenous and immigrant backgrounds. There are, nonetheless, specific initiatives that have developed that serve as ‘beacons’ of good practice and positive developments in supporting women with disabilities experiencing violence and in further developing the integrative aspect of Victoria’s family violence response system.
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