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Women and girls with disabilities. Needs of survivors of gender based violence and services offered to them

March 2019

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This study on GBV among women and girls with disabilities was conducted by UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) with the support of Denmark in the context of the GBV Sub-Cluster Strategy 2018-2020. It was based on a needs analysis and mapping of services offered to women and girls with disabilities aged 15 and older who are survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, particularly in view of the poor protection, care and social services available to women survivors of violence. Its objective was to map the available services; analyze major gaps and challenges related to service delivery; identify roles and responsibilities of stakeholders and service providers, including stakeholder coordination, legislation and policies, capacity, prevention and response services, the referral process and accountability; as well as to make recommendations and propose interventions to address the weaknesses in the protection system for women and girls with disabilities in Palestine.

Triple jeopardy : gender-based violence and human rights violations experienced by women with disabilities in Cambodia

WALJI, Fareen
January 2013

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This paper presents the findings of a "participatory research project, developed collaboratively between Australian and Cambodian partners, (that) investigated prevalence and experiences of gender-based violence of women with disabilities in comparison to women without disabilities; assessed the extent to which existing policies and programs include or address women with disabilities; and explored how women with disabilities are supported or denied access to existing programs"
AusAID Research Working Paper 1

Triple jeopardy : violence against women with disabilities in Cambodia|Research policy brief

WALJI, Fareen

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This policy brief paper presents an overview of a participatory research project developed collaboratively between Australian and Cambodian partners that sought to provide comparative information about the lives of women with disabilities and those without in Cambodia. Information is provided about the experience of violence, barriers to disclosure and services, policy directions, and policy and program recommendations
AusAID Research policy brief

Violence through our eyes : improving access to services for women from non-english speaking backgrounds with disability and carers experiencing violence

February 2010

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"Women from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) with disability experience various forms of violence, however due to poor data collection and reporting, the incidence is difficult to estimate. The interaction of disability, culture and violence places women from NESB with disability in disempowered positions with poor access to culturally appropriate information and service provision. This report is a culmination of our individual advocacy work, several consultations with women from NESB with disability and carers who have experienced domestic violence and roundtable discussions with key policy makers and service providers"

Breaking the silence : violence against children with disabilities in Africa


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This report highlights violence against children with disabilities in five study African countries: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia. The report notes that there is widespread apathy and negligence at state, local and community levels, and highlights a lack of financial and medical aid, inadequate and inaccessible state facilities and systems, and insufficient community understanding. The study report documents the negative effect this has on children with disabilities and makes a number of recommendations to help improve the situation

Disabled people's experiences of targeted violence and hostility

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This report presents "a two-phase project looking into disabled people’s experiences of targeted violence and hostility. The research has taken a broad approach to targeted violence and hostility against disabled people. The terminology around targeted violence and hostility is ill-defined, and terms such as abuse and harassment are often used interchangeably. In this report we have used ‘targeted violence and hostility’ as an encompassing term to include incidents involving verbal, physical, sexual and emotional violence, harassment and abuse that is directed towards disabled people"
Research report 21

Forgotten sisters : recognising and responding to domestic violence in the lives of women with disabilities

DOWSE, Leanne
November 2007

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This report outlines the lack of recognition of disabled women in Australia. It highlights the lack of support services for disabled women faced with domestic violence and how services can better respond to their needs
Domestic Violence, Disability and Cultural Safety National Forum 2007 "Diverse and Inclusive Practice: Redrawing the Boundaries"
Brighton-Le-Sands, NSW, Australia
8-9 Nov 2007

Study on child abuse : India 2007

KACKER, Loveleen
VARADAN, Srinivas
KUMAR, Pravesh

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The aim of the study was to develop a comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon of child abuse, with a view to help facilitate the formulation of appropriate policies and programmes meant to effectively curb and control the problem of child abuse in India. Among the findings of the study, it clearly emerged that across different kinds of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional and girl child neglect), it is young children, in the 5-12 year group, who are most at risk of abuse and exploitation. The study also puts forward strategies to address the problem of child abuse and identifies areas of further research


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