Margins to the Mainstream: Preventing VAW with disabilities TFER CoP

Research shows that women with disabilities experience higher rates of violence than both men with disabilities and women without disabilities.

Margins to the Mainstream: Preventing Violence Against Women with Disabilities is a Together for Equality & Respect (TFER) project developed in recognition of the prevalence and seriousness of violence against women with disabilities, and the importance of centering the expertise of women with lived experience of disability in prevention work.

Led by Women’s Health East in partnership with Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV), and TFER partners Yarra Ranges Council, Boroondara City Council, Access Health and Community, EACH, Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) and Inspiro, the project is designed to amplify the voices of women with lived experience of disabilities and to build the capacity of TFER to contribute to the prevention of violence against women with disabilities.

This free online CoP will provide an update on the Margins to the Mainstream project and will also cover:

  • The social model of disability
  • What is ableism?
  • Prevalence and nature of violence against women with disabilities
  • How can this violence be prevented?
  • Drivers of and essential actions to prevent violence against women with disabilities
  • What are disability micro-aggressions?
  • Acting to prevent violence against women with disabilities.

This CoP is appropriate for anyone interested in ensuring their prevention of violence against women work is responsive to women with disabilities and confronts the dual drivers of ableism and sexism. The session will be co-facilitated by Women with Disabilities Victoria and will include contributions from the project experts, women with a lived experience of disability who are participants in the Margins to the Mainstream project.

The session will also include information about how to apply for the soon to be launched small grants funding for the TFER partnership as part of the Margins to the Mainstream project. This funding will support TFER partners to deliver primary prevention mini-initiatives that respond to the dual drivers of sexism and ableism and are co-designed and implemented with women with disabilities. Grants of up to $10,000 will be available.

This is a session not to be missed!

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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