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RFVP Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub

Supporting people with Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injury

The Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub has been developed for organisations and practitioners who are working with people with disability who are experiencing or using family violence. 

The Resource Hub provides ready access to important resources that promote safety, accessibility, equity and inclusion of people with disability which can aid in reducing barriers and increasing safety.  Resources are relevant to Organisational Leaders, Specialist Family Violence and Sexual Assault Practitioners, Disability Services, Health, Family Support, Education and others.


Family violence is a leading cause of death, disability and illness in Australian women aged 18-44 and the risk of acquiring a disability as a result of family violence is high including:

– Temporary or permanent disability
– Acquired Brain Injury
– Physical disability including back injuries, chronic pain disorders
– Sensory disability
– Psychosocial disability (as a result of or exacerbated by Family Violence

A 2018 study suggest that nearly 40% of all Victorian family violence hospitalisations over a 10 year period had sustained a brain injury, however this is likely to be ‘the tip of the iceberg’ as so few victim-survivors seek medical assistance.

Furthermore, perpetrators of intimate partner violence are twice as likely to have sustained a brain injury as matched community samples.

Source: The prevalence of acquired brain injury among victims and perpetrators of family violence, Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services, 2018

This section provides resources to support practitioners working with people with Acquired Brain Injury.


Acquired Brain Injury - The Facts

About this resource: A practical guide to understanding and responding to people who have traumatic or acquired brain injury.  

Applying this resource: A great foundational resource for practitioners working with people who have Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injury.  

The prevalence of acquired brain injury among victims and perpetrators of family violence

About this resource: The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence recognised the potential for acquired brain injury to contribute to both perpetration and victimisation in family violence. This report identifies a strong association between brain injury and family violence, and significant gaps in service responses, ranging from lack of screening for brain injury through to inadequate opportunities for effective rehabilitation, recovery and support. 

Applying this resource: For organisations and practitioners working with people who have Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injury.

FVDPL Resource - Accessible communication and engagement for a person with ABI or TBI

About this resource: A summary of some key information and approaches to engaging a person who has ABI or TBI.  Developed by the Eastern Region Family Violence Disability Practice Leader Initiative.  

Applying this resource: A quick reference resource for practitioners working with people who have Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injury.  

Voices Together – Self Advocacy

About this resource: Voices Together have a range of useful resources for people with ABI  

Applying this resource: For people with ABI who are wanting support to understand ABI and self-advocacy 

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