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Women with disability: violence in institutional settings. “ The Committee recommends that [Australia] address, as a matter of priority, the abuse and violence experienced by women with disabilities living in institutions or supported accommodation ” - UN CEDAW Committee 2010. Therese Sands

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women with disability violence in institutional settings

Women with disability:violence in institutional settings

“The Committee recommends that [Australia] address, as a matter of priority, the abuse and violence experienced by women with disabilities living in institutions or supported accommodation”

- UN CEDAW Committee 2010

Therese Sands

People with Disability Australia

10 August 2012

about pwd australia
About PWD Australia
  • Disabled Peoples’ Organisation (DPO):

- formed in 1981

- cross-disability

- human rights focus

  • Main activities:

- membership representation & engagement

- rights-based information and training

- individual and systemic advocacy

institutional settings violence and women with disability
Institutional settings, violence and women with disability
  • Lived experience of our membership
  • Key priorities in our strategic plan – closure of institutions / women with disability
  • Experiences from individual and systemic advocacy work
  • Overwhelming evidence over many years exposing negative aspects of institutional settings
  • Increasing evidence about prevalence of violence and exploitation experienced by people with disability, particularly women with disability
  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
gender based violence
Gender-based violence
  • Violence directed against a woman because she is a woman or that affects a woman disproportionately:
  • domestic violence, family violence, intimate partner violence
  • sexual violence, sexual assault, rape, marital rape, gang rape, date rape, indecent assault, sexual harassment,
  • child abuse, child sexual abuse, paedophilia, incest
  • lesbian bashing, elder abuse
  • genital mutilation
  • enforced prostitution
  • enforced sterilisation, enforced abortion, killing of unwanted female babies
disability based violence
Disability-based violence
  • Rarely called ‘violence’ - defined as ‘abuse and neglect’:

- financial abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse

  • Service system response rather than criminal or human rights response:

- restrictive practices, behaviour intervention, health or medical treatment, risk management strategy

  • Gender-neutral:
  • Disability service legislation and standards silent on gender;
  • very few gender specific prevention and response measures
advocacy campaigning and activism licensed residential centres boarding houses
Advocacy, campaigning and activism: - Licensed Residential Centres (Boarding Houses)
  • Individual advocacy:

- Boarding House Project: residents of NSW licensed boarding houses

  • Systemic advocacy:
  • Boarding House Reform: legislative, policy and practice reform; development of appropriate community based housing options.

For example, Grand Western Lodge, Millthorpe, NSW:

  • Exposed significant incidences of violence and exploitation;
  • Campaigned for government and police action (for over two years);
  • Supported residents
  • www.pwd.org.au/gwl.html
advocacy campaigning and activism licensed residential centres boarding houses 2
Advocacy, campaigning and activism: - Licensed Residential Centres (Boarding Houses) (2)
  • 2009/2010 Disability and Domestic Violence Project:
  • placed a domestic violence lens onto the licensed boarding house sector in NSW - Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007;
  • Reflected personal experiences of women with disability living in boarding houses;
  • Significant levels of domestic violence, with little or no response; rarely recognised as a crime; with no to little support from disability services or domestic violence services.
  • Project report: includes literature review by Australian Domestic Violence Clearinghouse (ADVC)
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Accommodating Violence:The experience of domestic violence and people with disability living in licensed boarding houses
  • Women with disability have limited to no understanding of domestic violence, support services, their rights and forms of redress;
  • Significant fear of disclosure from proprietors, managers, co-residents: retribution including eviction, punishments, further violence;
  • Significant barriers in accessing domestic violence support services: often prioritise women with children; no information about services; discrimination;
  • Domestic violence largely understood as ‘intimate partner’ or ‘family violence’ by both disability support services and domestic violence services.

www.pwd.org.au/systemic/abuse.html

outcomes progress
Outcomes & Progress
  • After months of inaction, GWL residents relocated to other housing options(supported by PWD individual advocates)
  • Police Taskforce established to examine allegations;
  • Legal action by NSW Government against GWL proprietor;
  • NSW Government has commenced a Boarding House Reform Agenda:
  • Legislative and policy reforms
  • Not comprehensive reform in terms of Accommodating Violence recommendations; no evidence of gender-specific measures
other advocacy actions
Other advocacy actions
  • Training:
  • Responding to Sexual Assault: for disability support workers
  • Sexuality and Human Rights: gender specific training for residents of boarding houses about domestic violence, sexuality and human rights
  • Projects:

Sexual Assault in Disability and Aged Care (SADA): resources and tools for residential disability and aged-care services to prevent and respond to sexual assault

www.sadaproject.org.au

other advocacy actions 2
Other advocacy actions (2)
  • Systemic Advocacy:
  • Legal action against NSW Government: decision to fund the rebuilding of institutions contrary to NSW Disability Services Act (DSA)
  • Complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission under CRPD
  • Shut In Campaign – closure of institutions

www.shutin.org.au