Papers, Articles, Reports & Submissions 1995 – 2000


‘Violence Against Women With Disabilities: An Overview of the Literature’- by Keran Howe (2000)

This paper explores the literature in relation to women with disabilities and violence within the period 1990 to 1999. Specifically the paper explores: the meaning of disability from an individualised medical perspective and as a social construct; the extent and nature of violence against women with disabilities and barriers to service response; and feminist explanations of violence against women with disabilities. Copyright 2000.


‘Hate Crimes Against People With Disabilities’ – by Mark Sherry (2000)

This paper examines hate crimes perpetrated against people with disabilities. One of the authors major themes is that disabled people are often more vulnerable to abuse than non-disabled people. The author outlines some of the differences between hate crimes committed against people with disabilities and those committed against other members of the community. He explains why it is absolutely essential that disabled people share in the protection of hate crimes legislation and examine some ways of responding to hate crimes against people with disabilities. Copyright 2000.


Women With Disabilities Australia: National Violence Prevention Awards – Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) Acceptance Speech (1999)

In October 1999, it was announced by the Australian Government that Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) was one of four recipients of the National Violence Prevention Award. The winners were announced at the Awards Presentation at Parliament House in Canberra. The Australian Violence Prevention Awards are sponsored by the Heads of Australian Governments as a joint Commonwealth, State and Territory initiative and are designed to reward the most outstanding projects for the prevention or reduction of violence in Australia. This is a transcript of WWDA’s Acceptance Speech on receipt of the National Violence Prevention Award. Copyright WWDA 1999.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Women With Disabilities and Domestic Violence: WWDA’s Response’ – by Karin Swift (1998)

Issues for women with disabilities who experience domestic violence are a high priority for Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA). This paper aims to disseminate some information about WWDA the organisation. It also aims to discuss some pertinent issues concerning violence against women with disabilities. This paper will then examine projects that WWDA conducted in 1997 to assist women’s refuges to develop Model Disability Discrimination Act Action Plans. In keeping with the theme of the conference, this paper will conclude by suggesting some practical strategies that workers in the field can use to reorient their services to more accessible ones for women with disabilities. Copyright WWDA 1998.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Response to the Domestic Violence Legislation Working Group Discussion Paper ‘A Model Domestic Violence Law for Australia’ (1998)

In 1998, Domestic Violence Legislation Working Group (Attorney General’s Department of the Commonwealth Government) released a Discussion Paper on the development of A Model Domestic Violence Law for Australia. This is a copy of WWDA’s submission to the Domestic Violence Legislation Working Group in response to that Discussion Paper. WWDA’s Submission covers a range of issues, including the need for a broader definition of ‘domestic violence’ so that any national legislation covers the range of domestic situations in which women with disabilities live. Copyright WWDA 1998.


‘Burning Issues for People with Disabilities’ – by Elizabeth Hastings (1998)

This is a transcript of a speech given by Elizabeth Hastings at the Annual General Meeting of Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA), in Melbourne, September 12 1998. Elizabeth Hastings was the former (and the first) Disability Discrimination Commissioner in Australia. Elizabeth Hastings passed away in late 1998. The paper examines a number of issues including: A Discrimination free world to live in; Conditions in Congregate Care; Abuse in Institutions; Care for the whole person; Sterilisation of minors; Genetic Manipulation; Spiritual life and development; The bottom line; Attrition of Human Rights protection; and, Assisted Communication. Copyright 1998.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Submission to the Consultations on the National Initiatives of the Partnerships Against Domestic Violence Strategy (1998)

The National Partnerships Against Domestic Violence Strategy was launched by the Prime Minister in late 1997. The first two national projects of the Strategy were to be a Community Education/Awareness Strategy and the Development of National Endorsed Competency Standards for workers with family violence. In mid 1998, the National Partnerships Against Domestic Violence Taskforce undertook consultations to inform the development of these two projects. This is a copy of WWDA’s submission in response to these consultations. Copyright WWDA 1998.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Doing it Better’……Investigating how individual services can provide access and equity with regard to disability via the development of a Disability Discrimination Act Action Plan (1998)

This is a copy of the final report from Women With Disabilities Australia to the Commonwealth Office of the Status of Women on WWDA’s project to develop a Disability Action Plan for a SAAP funded women’s refuge. Copyright WWDA 1998.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Women With Disabilities and Domestic Violence’ – by Madge Sceriha (1997)

This paper examines the issue of violence against women with disabilities. It covers a range of issues, including the lack of accessible information for women with disabilities about violence; and the lack of appropriate and accessible services and programs for women with disabilities escaping violence, or at risk of violence. Copyright 1997.


Women With Disabilities Australia: Response to the Model Criminal Code Committee Discussion Paper ‘Sexual Offences Against the Person’ (1997)

In 1997, the Model Criminal Code Committee (Attorney General’s Department of the Commonwealth Government) released a Discussion Paper on ‘Sexual Offences Against the Person’. This is a copy of WWDA’s submission to the Model Criminal Code Committee in response to that Discussion Paper. The Submission addresses a range of issues, including: the very high levels of sexual offences committed against women with disabilities and relatively low conviction rate; and the prevalence of misinformation and myths which surround disability and sexuality. The submission raises concerns that these factors may create an environment in which ‘protection’ are given a high priority, and impinge upon the rights and freedoms of people with disabilities. Copyright WWDA 1997.


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Women With Disabilities and Violence’ – Report Launch Speech by Kali Wilde (1997)

This is a transcript of a speech given by Kali Wilde at the launch of WWDA’s report entitled: ‘More Than Just A Ramp’ – A Guide for Women’s Refuges to Develop Disability Discrimination Act Action Plans. The report was launched at the Women’s Emergency Services Network (WESNET) National Conference in December 1997. The speech discusses violence against women with disabilities, and calls for women’s services and programs to examine their policies to ensure that service provision is inclusive of women with disabilities. Copyright WWDA 1997.


‘Rape A Disabling Crime’ – By Halley Taken from: Women and Disability – An Issue. A Collection of writings by women with disabilities

This is taken from a collection of writings by women with disabilities. The collection was written by the Women with Disabilities Feminist Collective with the help of other disabled women in Victoria and South Australia. It was produced by the Melbourne based Women with Disabilities Feminist Collective in the late 1980’s. The exact publishing date is unknown. Copyright.


‘Invisible Acts: Violence Against Women with Disabilities’ by Lesley Chenoweth (1993)

This paper argues that there are unique issues for women with disabilities who are abused or subjected to acts of violence. Being relegated to a marginalised status by their disability and further discriminated against through their gender, these women score ‘two strikes’. One consequence of this is that they are rendered invisible in both disability and women’s movements. This invisibility of identity not only exposes women with disabilities to grave risks of physical, emotional and sexual abuse but also limits their chances of obtaining support from existing services for other victims of violence. Adopting a feminist critique of disability, this paper offers an analysis of violence committed against women with disabilities and explores some of the key issues fundamental to a societal response to such violence. Copyright 1993.


‘Women With Disabilities Refine Their Agenda’ – The National Workshop on Violence Against Women With Disabilities

This is an article about the National The National Workshop on Violence Against Women With Disabilities which was conducted by Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) in February 1998. The article originally appeared in the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program Newsletter, Issue 2, 1998. Copyright 1998.