Tackling Violence Against Disabled Women and Girls

Logos: Vision Sense, AVA, Lancaster University, CeDR, DRILL

The project (2017-18) is led by user-led social enterprise of disabled people, Vision Sense in partnership with Against Violence and Abuse (AVA) and Hannah Morgan and Rebecca Fish from CeDR.  Tackling Violence Against Disabled Women and Girls is funded by drill (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning), a research programme funded by the Big Lottery.

.  The project is asking the following questions:

  • What do disabled women want from services to help them stay safe in the medium and longer term after violence and abuse?
  • What can service providers learn from safeguarding adults reviews to prevent violence and abuse?
  • How can mental health, social care and housing providers improve longer term services for disabled women?
  • How can services work together to create safer and more inclusive communities for disabled women 16 years and over?

We held a free one day conference on Monday 9th July to disseminate our research findings, the experiences of barriers to supporting disabled women and share good practice and provide an opportunity to connect with others working with disabled and Deaf women to develop networks to better support disabled women and girls after violence. You can read a report about the day here.


10am Registration and refreshments
10.30 Welcome and introduction to the DRILL programme and the  project – Jacqueline Ritchie, Drill Grant Officer, Disability Action Northern Ireland
11.00-12.30 a/ Learning from Safeguarding Adults Reviews – Hannah Morgan, Lancaster University

b/ Learning from victims/survivors – Susie Balderston, VisionSense

c/ Learning from service providers – Aviah Day AVA

12.30-1.15 Lunch
1.15-1.45 How to prevent violence against disabled women and girls (group activity)
1.45-2.45 a/ Disabled Women and Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences  (MARACs) – Lorna Stevens, Lancaster University

b/ An introduction to Housing First:  Piloting Housing First for survivors of domestic abuse – Louisa Steel, Housing First and Homelessness Coordinator at Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

c/ Tackling violence against Deaf women and girls – Marie Vickers, Deaf Hope

2.45-3.00 Break and refreshments
3.00-3.45 Plenary/Action Plan

If you would like to attend you can book a place on our eventbrite page.