The views and experiences of people with learning disabilities and autism living within one UK unitary authority (Medway, Kent) were explored. Aspects investigated were: how many people victimisation affects; who is affected by victimisation; what type of things happen to them; and the impact of victimisation on their quality of life. The focus groups were: 7 groups with people with intellectual disability and autism (31 people); 4 groups with family and paid carers (33 people). A survey was completed by: people with intellectual disabilities and autism (220 surveys) and family or paid carers (35 surveys). 27 individual interviews were carried out.
This final short report summary encompasses the main findings of the Daphne III project “Access to Specialised Victim Support Services for Women with Disabilities who have experienced Violence.” The project aimed to assess the range of different experiences of violence against disabled women and their use of support structures. In addition specialised victim support services were interviewed about their experiences and capabilities in terms of counselling and accommodating disabled women. The project focused on three components: (1) Assessing the legal and policy framework (2) Generating extensive empirical data by surveying disabled or Deaf women (focus group discussions, in-depth-interviews) and service providers (online survey, interviews with staff members) and (3) Developing good practice examples and recommendations. For each component national reports and an associated comparative report was prepared, identifying the most prominent issues including the commonalities and differences between the four countries issues.
Note: the main findings of the projects (including the final short report, recommendations for service providers and a brochure for disabled women) are available to access in easy language, sign language and audio files from the following link http://women-disabilities-violence.humanrights.at/publications
This brochure provides important information and guidance for service providers and policy makers to ensure disabled/Deaf women who are affected by violence can access appropriate support and protection when needed. The brochure includes recommendations for women’s support services, disabled people’s organisations and policy makers, based on a comparative project. It also lists contact information of various women’s, disability, and women’s disability groups in the UK
This leaflet presents information for disabled or Deaf women, or women who have an impairment or long-term health condition who have been a victim or survivor of violence. It presents information about rights and services in the UK that can help. It highlights barriers to accessing services or information, makes recommendations and presents what works based upon project results.
Note: The information in this leaflet is also available in large print, BSL, audio and Easy Read versions. You can access them at: http://women-disabilities-violence.humanrights.at/publications
This paper presents the findings of a learning disabilities and gender based violence literature review. Overall, the review found that people with disabilities, particularly women with learning disabilities, are at increased risk of experiencing gender based violence (GBV). This paper is useful to people interested in learning disability and gender based violence
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"
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Written from a child's perspective, this book describes how disabled children view their world. It is aimed at practitioners who would like to learn about the child's opinion
This practical toolkit is written by women with disabilities with the aim to empower disabled women so that they gain awareness of their humanity and of their rights and regain or gain their self-respect. It describes situations of violence and legislative situations in specific European countries. It also provides instruments for action and resources, international documents and documents of NGOs. It represents an important document for organisations and individuals that deal with abuse. It is also available on CD-ROM
"Efforts at tackling targeted violence against disabled people may benefit from lessons generated from the longer-standing work in tackling violence against women. These include the conceptualisation and articulation of targeted violence as a cause and consequence of inequality, and as a human rights issue. There is a need to develop effective coalitions and to make explicit the relevance and implications of targeted violence across all public services so that those affected receive the support they require. The importance of education and prevention is also highlighted. While such lessons can help re-frame the issues and policies around targeted violence against disabled people, they should not be transposed uncritically"
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