In groups we discussed four questions
- What’s going well?
- What are the barriers for disabled women accessing services?
- What are the agency/organisational barriers?
- How can we improve practice and outcomes?
Summary of group feedback
|What’s going well?||What are the barriers to accessing services?||What are organisational barriers?||How can we improve practice?|
|Improved understanding of domestic violence, neglect and abuse||Lack of specific information about disabled women||awareness v training v resources||Appropriate funding|
|Changed language||Lack of specific provision for access needs||‘interrogation’ process of reporting & gathering evidence||Person-centred practice|
|Education on domestic violence & hate crimes in schools||Denial of health care||Lack of advocacy workers, no access, not enough workers||1st Question; What are your access requirements?|
|More work putting service users at the centre||Cultural barriers||Needs to be a priority||Better court support|
|Holistic approach||Eligibility: needs to complex or not meeting the threshold||Multi-agency working||specialist services|
|More inclusion||No joined up thinking||Loss of specialist services, especially in terms of marginalised groups||more training accessible in a range of formats|
|Agencies wanting to be part of raising awarenesss||Isolated, lack of access to information and how to find the right support||Lack of community-based services that can deal with dynamic changes in risk||Being able to link and fund various projects|
|Collaborative approach||Practitioner preconceptions||3rd sector surviving on short-term funding||Recognising those who are ‘falling under the radar’|
|Listening to what service users want||Disempowered by professionals||Telephone based work rather than relationship building||Consistency across local authorities, Police and other organisations|
|Adult safeguarding policies and procedures||Physical access to refuges||Long term services need, but short term processes||Getting women away from perpetrator(s)|
|More research and increased training in the area||Labels v needs||Lack of resources||Online resources|