Women with disabilities experience the same kinds of violence experienced by other women but they also experience ‘disability-based violence.’ Gender-based and disability-based discrimination intersect, and this increases the likelihood of women with disabilities being targeted for violence by perpetrators. This leads to women with disabilities experiencing far higher rates of violence than the general population. It is essential then that we have a framework to highlight the specific drivers of violence against women with disabilities and the specific actions that we can take as a society to prevent this targeted violence.
This guide provides workforces in the social services, disability sector, local government, and prevention settings with information to increase awareness, skills, knowledge, and confidence to implement prevention of violence against women strategies in their workplace. It brings together a number of key Women with Disabilities Victoria resources to showcase an intersectional perspective of prevention of violence against women- specifically focusing on gender and disability.
The guide was been developed to expand upon the important work of Changing the landscape: A national resource to prevent violence against women and girls with disabilities and Change the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women in Australia (2nd ed.). In Australia, Changing the landscape is the national, evidence-based resource to guide the prevention of violence against women and girls with disabilities. It is intended to serve as a companion document to Change the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women in Australia. Change the story was a ground-breaking piece of work, setting the roadmap for how to actualise the prevention of violence against women. Changing the landscape complements, but also expands on and extends, the evidence and guidance by placing a disability lens over the evidence.