We all deserve to live with dignity and have control over our own lives. In our relationships we expect to be treated with respect and feel safe.
Yet, some women with disabilities face multiple forms of intersectional discrimination that may impact their ability to recognise and respond to economic abuse. Personal autonomy, safety and health and social support are often undermined as a direct result of economic abuse.
“In our research with women with disability funded by ANROWS, we were struck by the ways in which economic abuse and coercion were occurring. This VWT grant will allow us to translate these research findings into direct support women with disability, and the service providers working with them. We aim to develop a fully accessible toolkit designed to illuminate processes of economic abuse, and to provide a targeted and functional resource for women and those who support them.”
– Dr Jasmine McGowan, Research Manager
The toolkit for service providers and victims/survivors will support women with disabilities to better understand, discuss and recognise economic abuse. The toolkit, which includes a series of questions using Auslan, Easy English and images, will ensure service providers in the disability and domestic and family violence sectors can identify abuse and respond quickly and help those experiencing abuse to recognise it.
A special thank you to the Phyllis Connor Memorial Trust for supporting this project.
So that in this lifetime we can be: