Disability sector workers will receive more help and training to prevent violence against women with disabilities, the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson announced today.
Women with Disabilities Victoria will receive a $400,000 funding boost, allowing it to continue its Workforce Development Program on Gender and Disability.
The program provides training to disability sector workers to assist them in preventing violence against women with disabilities, who face a greater risk of violence, inequity and discrimination.
The pilot program will be evaluated later this year but early findings indicate it is having a positive impact on the attitudes and behaviours of disability support service staff.
Negative attitudes have been found to be a major cause of disadvantage for people with a disability.
Advocacy, building leadership skills, training and programs like the Gender and Disability Workforce Development Program, are vital to eliminate discrimination and violence, and ensure women have access to the same opportunities as men.
The Andrews Labor Government has established Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence and the terms of reference task the Commissioners with investigating gender equality and the needs and experiences of people with disabilities.
Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson
“Discrimination because of disability or gender is completely unacceptable and the Andrews Labor Government is proud to support prevention programs to reduce the risk of violence against women with disabilities.
“Advocacy and education through this program are fundamental in promoting and upholding the rights of Victorian women with a disability and reducing the risk of gender-based violence.”
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