FEATURE: What does it take? Developing informed and effective tertiary responses to violence and abuse of women and girls with disabilities in Australia

FEATURE

What does it take? Developing informed and effective tertiary responses to violence and abuse of women and girls with disabilities in Australia

ANROWS Landscapes State of Knowledge Paper

21 July 2015

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) have released a State of Knowledge paper: What does it take? Developing informed and effective tertiary responses to violence and abuse of women and girls with disabilities in Australia (Frawley, Dyson, Robinson, Dixon, 2015).

ANROWS is an Australian, independent and not-for-profit research organisation established to produce evidence to support the reduction of violence against women and their children. This ANROWS Landscapes paper explores the state of current knowledge on tertiary responses to violence and abuse for women and young women with disabilities. It is guided by two key questions:

What does the Australian and international literature say about tertiary responses to violence and abuse for women and young women with disabilities?What does the evidence say about effectiveness about tertiary responses for women and young women with disabilities?

‘Tertiary responses’ are defined by the authors as responses that ensure the safety and support for women after violence has occurred.

The paper begins by describing how relevant literature was selected for review and then goes on to explore the background and nature of violence and abuse experienced by women and young women with disabilities. The paper includes a discussion of key theoretical concepts regarding the disability. It then goes on to address the current state of knowledge regarding the two research questions and discusses what and how the current state of evidence contributes to the development of tertiary responses for women and girls with disabilities.

The researchers found in their review of the literature that there is a need for further research concerning: (a) the identification of what constitutes tertiary responses to violence and abuse of women and young women with disabilities, and (b) research into the effectiveness of those responses.

The full paper is available free from the ANROWS website [PDF only]