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Identifying economic abuse amongst women with disability in Victoria

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

Organisation: Monash University -Gender and Family Violence: New Frameworks in Prevention, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts
Grant Type: Small Grant
Amount: $10,000
Year: 2018-2019

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.

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A special thank you to the Phyllis Connor Memorial Trust for supporting this project.

Grants 2018-19

Pink Warriors
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Pink Warriors

Helping young newly arrived young women at Bendigo Kangan Institute.

Design for Success
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Design for Success

Working with women who are financially excluded to enhance their small business skills and increase their capacity to earn a steady income.

Financial Literacy for Every Woman
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Financial Literacy for Every Woman

Supporting women by looking at what’s not working for them financially and how best to address it.

Let’s Read Mother & Daughter
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Let’s Read Mother & Daughter

Providing new mothers from migrant and refugee backgrounds with baby books and literacy resources in both their mother tongue and English.

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