Disability workshops on family violence and women with disability

Posted on: Monday, 2 October 2017 at 4:09:27 PM

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience family and domestic violence as a woman with disability? Or, are you a woman with disability who is experiencing family violence or do you want to know what to do if you ever experience it?
The Women’s Community Health Network (WCHN) will be running workshops in Geraldton for the family violence sector, the disability sector and women with disability. These workshops will be held separately for each group over 9 & 10 November 2017.
For the FDV sector, the session will run from 9:30 am – 11:30 am on October 9th.
The session for the disability sector will run from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on October 9th.
For women with disability, the session will be held from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm on October 10th.
Even if you have not experienced family and violence, we strongly encourage you to come along to build on your awareness of the causes of family violence and what you may do to protect yourself or how you can get help.
All three sessions will be held at Desert Blue Connect “studio”, 25 Chapman Rd, Geraldton. To RSVP for any of these workshops, please email Zel on ziscel@wchnwa.org.au or phone 0413813885. Please specify which workshop you wish to attend.
Outcomes of the Workshops
Whether you are a woman with disability or working in the family violence or disability sector, these workshops aim to:
• Further your understanding of family violence for women with disability – characteristics, perpetrators, data, etc.
• Begin to consider ways to address the barriers for women with disability accessing family services and information. Or, if you are a woman with disability, to start thinking about how you can protect yourself from family violence or get help if you are experiencing it.
The Doors to Safety Project
The WCHN Is the peak body for community-based women’s health services across Western Australia. In early 2016, the WCHN received a grant under the Commonwealth Building Safe Communities for Women and Children grants for the Doors to Safety project. The project is developed and delivered by women with disabilities and focuses on the experiences of women with disabilities in relation to domestic and family violence.
The WCHN received further funding from the Disability Services Commission in January 2017 to support the Doors to Safety project to foster inclusive practice in the family violence sector towards women with disabilities experiencing family violence. This means that we will be able to support the family violence sector in Geraldton to make your service more inclusive of women with disabilities. The assistance can include:
• Developing or progressing your Disability Action and Inclusion Plan
• Assisting you to amend your organisation’s policies and procedures so that your service is inclusive
• Helping you to develop relationships with disability service providers to improve referral pathways for women with disability experiencing family violence, or
• Assisting you to develop appropriate resources
For further information please contact Zel Iscel on ziscel@wchnwa.org.au or phone 0413813885.

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