Tuesday, 31 May 2016

More needs to be done to meet the needs of women with an intellectual disability who are the victims of domestic violence

Women with an intellectual disability are almost 70 per cent more likely to be victims of domestic violence, but they are often overlooked by shelters and support services because their needs are seen as too complicated, as reported by the ABC's PM program on 26 May.

 

The Not now, Not ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence report found that domestic violence against women with a cognitive disability often goes unreported or is simply dismissed as not worthy of investigation.

While this is a report that focuses on Queensland, it is a problem that exists right around Australia.

The issue of people with disabilities facing barriers when reporting crime is an issue that the Commission also indentified in its report, Beyond Doubt – the experiences of people with disabilities reporting crime.

More work must be done to ensure that people with all people with disabilities, including women who are the victims of domestic violence have equitable access to justice and safety.

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