WWDA Resource Manual on Violence Against Women With Disabilities


In late November 2007, Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) published its Resource Manual on Violence Against Women With Disabilities. The Manual is made up of four booklets and these are:

  1.  ‘A Life Like Mine! – Narratives from women with disabilities who experience violence’
  2.  ‘Forgotten Sisters – A global review of violence against women with disabilities’
  3.  ‘It’s Not Ok It’s Violence – Information about domestic violence and women with disabilities’
  4.  ‘More Than Just A Ramp – A guide for women’s refuges to develop disability discrimination act action plans’

PDF, Audio, E-text & Large Print PDF versions of the Booklets are available here. NB: Due to lack of funds, Booklet 4 was only produced in PDF and hard copy formats.


Booklet 1:   ‘A Life Like Mine! – Narratives from women with disabilities who experience violence’
(52 pages, ISBN: 0 9775305 3 1)

This Booklet contains individual stories and poetry by women with disabilities who have experienced violence. The women who contributed these narratives did so in an effort to support other women with disabilities to break the cycle of violence in their lives. These intensely personal accounts are confronting, brutally honest, and deeply moving. But they also show great courage, resilience and strength – and offer hope for all women with disabilities who experience violence in their lives. These incredible narratives, accompanied by hauntingly powerful images, are an inspiration for all women and a tribute to those women who were prepared to share their stories.

‘A Life Like Mine! – Narratives from women with disabilities who experience violence’  [PDF Version]

‘A Life Like Mine! – Narratives from women with disabilities who experience violence’ [E-Text Version]

‘A Life Like Mine! – Narratives from women with disabilities who experience violence’ [PDF Large Print Version]

‘A Life Like Mine! – Narratives from women with disabilities who experience violence’ [Audio Version]


Booklet 2: ‘Forgotten Sisters – A global review of violence against women with disabilities’
(112 pages, ISBN: 0 9775305 2 3)

This booklet is about violence against women with disabilities – a global epidemic of crisis proportions that is largely ignored in efforts to address violence against women. The booklet reviews what is known about the incidence and prevalence of violence against women and girls with disabilities. It examines the nature and many forms of violence against women with disabilities, along with the consequences of such violence. Violence as a cause of disability is discussed with particular attention given to disability caused by violence in institutions, and harmful traditional practices. The Booklet examines responses to violence against women with disabilities, including policy, legislative, research and service system responses. Key strategies to prevent violence against women with disabilities are also considered. Included in the Booklet is an Annotated Bibliography of known published and unpublished resources on violence against women with disabilities.

‘Forgotten Sisters – A global review of violence against women with disabilities’  [PDF Version]

‘Forgotten Sisters – A global review of violence against women with disabilities’ [E-Text Version]

‘Forgotten Sisters – A global review of violence against women with disabilities’ [PDF Large Print Version]

‘Forgotten Sisters – A global review of violence against women with disabilities’ [Audio Version]


Booklet 3: ‘It’s Not Ok It’s Violence – Information about domestic violence and women with disabilities’
(76 pages, ISBN: 0 9775305 1 5)

This Booklet provides information for women with disabilities about domestic violence. It explains, in simple terms, what it is, how it affects us, our rights, and where and how to get help. It provides information for relevant service providers on some of the barriers women with disabilities face in escaping domestic violence and looks at some easy ways that services can be more inclusive and responsive. Accompanying the text of the booklet are delightfully simple drawings that display powerful messages about domestic violence. Included at the end of the Booklet is a comprehensive Services Directory, providing contact details of crisis, domestic violence, and sexual assault services, at national, state, regional and local levels.

‘It’s Not OK It’s Violence – Information about domestic violence and women with disabilities’  [PDF Version]

‘It’s Not OK It’s Violence – Information about domestic violence and women with disabilities’  [E-Text Version]

‘It’s Not OK It’s Violence – Information about domestic violence and women with disabilities’  [PDF Large Print Version]

‘It’s Not OK It’s Violence – Information about domestic violence and women with disabilities’  [Audio Version]


Booklet 4: ‘More Than Just A Ramp – A guide for women’s refuges to develop disability discrimination act action plans’
(92 pages, ISBN: 0 9775305 0 7)

This Booklet is a step by step guide for women’s refuges (and other similar services) to develop disability discrimination act action plans. An Action Plan identifies barriers which may result in discrimination against women with disabilities who need to use a service. The Action Plan recommends strategies to eliminate these barriers and devise ways for monitoring and evaluating the plan’s implementation. The Booklet provides detailed information on how to re-orient services to better meet the needs of women with disabilities experiencing, or at risk of experiencing violence. The Booklet contains case studies which highlight the types of discrimination experienced by women with disabilities when seeking refuge.

‘More Than Just A Ramp – A guide for women’s refuges to develop disability discrimination act action plans’  [PDF Version Only]