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RFVP Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub

Intellectual Disability and Family Violence

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.


Women with intellectual disability are 90% more likely to experience violence and abuse than women who do not have intellectual disability.

When supporting people with disability it is important that practitioners have knowledge and understanding of intellectual disability, and how they can ensure people with disability receive an accessible and inclusive service.

The following resources provide guidance to practitioners based on direct feedback from people with disabilities who have experienced family violence.


A Handbook on supporting people with intellectual disability who have experienced domestic and family violence

About this resource: This handbook has been created in collaboration with the New South Wales–based national disabled people’s organisation People with Disability Australia (PWDA) and the Queensland–based WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Association. The handbook is targeted at sexual assault and specialist family violence sector and aims to develop people’s skills and knowledge on how to support people with intellectual or learning disability who have experienced domestic and family violence (DFV).

Applying this resource: For specialist family violence and sexual assault organisations and practitioners

And you think you’re the expert

About this resource: This booklet is an accompaniment to the And You Think You’re the Expert? podcast, created through the Listen Up! Project at WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Association. This booklet and the podcast reflect the views of 33 women with intellectual disabilities who have experienced violence. 

Applying this resource: For specialist family violence and sexual assault organisations and practitioners

How to Hear Me – A Resource Kit for counsellors and other professionals working with people with intellectual disability

About this resource: This book and accompanying DVD are designed to help build the capacity of mainstream counselling professionals to work with people with intellectual disability in their day-today
practice. This resource is not intended to instruct professionals in the work they are already trained for, but rather to augment their existing expertise and allow them to adapt their current practice to meet the needs of a wider and more diverse client base.

Applying this resource: For practitioners and counsellors working with people with intellectual disability.

Practices that support parenting by people with disability

About this resource: Parents with intellectual disability are conservatively estimated to be 1% of the Australian parent population.  Not all identify with or wish to be defined by the label of intellectual disability; and as a diverse group, they bring different capabilities, limitations and strategies to parenting.  Through international collaborations and Australian Government funded programs, evidence is emerging on how best to ensure positive outcomes for parents with intellectual disability and their children.  This short article outlines the evidence on the challenges of Australian parents with intellectual disability and highlights what works to support these families.

Applying this resource:

For Child Protection, Specialist Family Violence and Sexual Assault practitioners supporting people with disability.    

 

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