South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Violence against women with disabilities

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Women with disabilities experience violence at a higher rate, for longer periods, and are less likely to report the abuse, than women without disabilities (Healey et al, 2008). Tricia Malowney, Chair of Women with Disabilities Victoria, and Ariane Garner-Williams, youth and women with disabilities advocate, talk about some of the issues that arise for this doubly disadvantaged group, in terms of violence.


1.  Healey, L., Howe, K., Humphreys, C., Jennings, C. and Julian, F. (2008). Building the Evidence: a report on the status of policy and practice in responding to violence against women with disabilities in Victoria. Victorian Women with Disabilities Network Advocacy Information Service, Melbourne.

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