Reminder: Voices Against Violence Research Project launch May 15th
The Voices Against Violence Research Project was a cross-sectoral partnership, between Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV), the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) and the Domestic Violence Resource centre Victoria (DVRCV).
The project investigated the circumstances of women with disabilities who had experienced violence.
There was a need for this research to be undertaken as no evidence based data existed about the nature and extent of violence against women with disabilities in Victoria, nor what an appropriate response should look like.
The project involved:
- Engaging with the disability, mental health, family violence, sexual assault, legal and other service sectors regarding their current practices
- Carrying out a review of OPA files
- Interviewing OPA staff and volunteers
- Reviewing legislation here and overseas
- Interviewing women with disabilities who had been victims of violence and were willing to share their stories.
- Developing evidence-based recommendations for legal, policy and service sector reform.
The project was funded by Gandel Philanthropy and a research grant from the Legal Services Board Grants Program. We are grateful to these organisations for their generous support of the project.
This journey has taken us 2 years.
There are 7 individual papers in the suite, including an Easy English version and a Summary Report and Recommendations
A launch is being held on May 15th for organisations to hear from the authors of the papers. Natasha Stott Despoja, Chairperson of the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children and Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls will be launching the research papers.
Watch this space to find out how you can purchase hard copies of the suite or individual papers or to download from our website.
For media enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the launch contact the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria on 9486 9866 or email email@example.com