The topic of women with disability being exposed to violence has been one of our key discussion topics over the past 12 months in our Self-advocacy groups.
Statistics show that women with disability are more likely to experience more severe violence, more often, over a longer period of time than women without a disability.
Many women are often unaware of how to seek help and support and are actively prevented from doing so. Often violence and abuse is not recognized by the woman experiencing it.
As well as discussing violence and abuse, the Self advocates have also given feedback used to develop resources.
The resources are in easy and plain English and help people identify what abuse and violence looks like, specifically for people with disability. We have also developed resources of what help and supports are available.
Recently, one of the Self advocates disclosed to the group an incident involving violence.
It was heartwarming to see other self-advocates provide peer support, by recognizing and validating the experience and making suggestions of what local supports may be of use.
Twelve months ago, it would have been unlikely that the incident would have been recognized as violence and the behavior involved would have been minimized and normalized.
This scenario speaks volumes about the supportive dynamic of the group and the increasing self-advocacy skills that are being developed both individually and in a group setting.
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