Tackling Violence Against Disabled Women and Girls – Group Discussions

The group work! Post-graduate research student

What did you enjoy most about the day?

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