‘No More Excuses’ – Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women with Disability

This report was prepared by The University of Melbourne for Respect Victoria. The project aimed to consolidate the current state of knowledge on the extent and nature of violence against women with disability in Australia, and on ‘what works’ to prevent violence from happening in the first place. In addition, the research aimed to work with women with disability to identify priority settings for primary prevention action.

This final report brings together key findings from:

  • analyses of data from the Personal Safety Survey and a review of the international literature on effective and promising practices in primary prevention
  • a series of in-depth workshops with women with disability to identify priority settings for intervention
  • a study testing the feasibility of embedding primary prevention initiatives in the disability support workforce in Victoria.

The project was grounded in the theory and practice of contemporary feminist research, reflecting a commitment to building evidence in the primary prevention of violence against women with disability that acknowledges and addresses intersecting and interlinking forms of discrimination and exclusion.