Data collection Women with disabilities are not being identified and counted in

Data collection women with disabilities are not being

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Data collection Women with disabilities are not being identified and counted in our data collection processes on violence. This means the incidence of violence against women with disabilities is invisible. Most services do not routinely collect disaggregated data on disability and family violence, including our national data collection, hospitals, courts, and police. Victorian SAAP agencies providing assistance due to family violence, and the respective Victorian DHS’ family services and family
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violence services data, provide limited information that identifies only some women with disabilities. Family violence standards, codes and guidelines Most of the eight Victorian family violence sector standards, codes and guidelines that were analysed have little to say about how best to support women and children with disabilities experiencing violence. A stronger profile on women and children with disabilities is required in all of these documents based on 10 minimum standards that have been developed. Family violence agencies need access to good advice upon which to base their communication strategies. For example, one service stated that they bought a telephone typewriter (TTY) machine, advertised and trained staff in how to use it, but are disappointed that it has not been used in the last year (they are, instead, using the national relay service). Access to appropriate information is essential to violence prevention. Such information should target women and girls with disabilities and their families from all cultural backgrounds.
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Workforce development Consultations with family violence workers revealed that they had minimal or no training in disability awareness, no training about disability and family violence, and that they acquired their knowledge of how to support women with disabilities through ‘learning on the job’. Consultations with family violence workers revealed that some staff found it difficult or embarrassing to ask if a woman has a disability. Consultations with disability and family violence sector workers (in the course of the DVRCV Violence Against Women with Disabilities Project research) revealed that workers in both sectors have readily identified training as a priority. Disability workers indicated their interest and need for training that focuses on disclosure and referral, whilst family violence workers identified broader training needs based on ‘disability awareness’, learning how to navigate access to disability support services, and building worker confidence in supporting women with disabilities. Mapping and analysis of the sector-wide training initiatives in 2007 and 2008 regarding women with disabilities experiencing violence reveal an unprecedented level of disability and family violence training; however, these
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initiatives will only reach a small proportion of workers in either of these sectors (for example, at most 143 disability workers out of a statewide workforce of 11,000 disability workers in 2008 in DHS’ Women with a
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