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Resources on technology-facilitated abuse for women with disability

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
    • 11 Deliver policies and services to address the disproportionate impact of violence on particular groups.
  • Respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment
    • 15 Strengthen the capacity of all sectors to address sexual harassment to ensure women are safe at work, while studying, in public and online.

What are we doing?

The Commonwealth Government is working with the disability sector to:

  • identify how technology-facilitated abuse (TFA) is being used in the context of domestic and family violence
  • co-create specialist materials to empower frontline workers in the community to effectively support women with disability
  • provide support to ensure the program can support frontline workers across the country.
  • The Commonwealth Government will provide $1.5 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 to fund resources on technology-facilitated abuse for women with disability.

What is next?

  • Following the release of the first tranche of resources on technology facilitated abuse (Easy English guides: ‘What you can do about abuse through technology’ and ‘What you can do about image-based abuse’), development of the second tranche of training resources will be released from end 2020.
  • This will include tailored training for domestic and family violence and disability support frontline workers.
  • Research into the TFA experiences of women with an intellectual disability/cognitive impairment is currently in the field. It is anticipated that this will be finalised in late 2020.
  • Additional dedicated web and training resources will be released in the second quarter of 2021.

What difference will we make?

  • The intended outcomes of these activities are to increase sector capacity and capability in understanding the impact of technology-facilitated abuse on women with disability
  • Indicators for monitoring the performance of these activities include:
    • completed development of targeted and accessible training materials
    • number of frontline workers trained.

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