What Does WWILD Do:
We support people with intellectual disabilities who are survivors of crime by providing free counselling and support groups to women and men with intellectual disabilities who have been victims of crime or exploitation.
We provide training for professionals, families, carers and people with intellectual disabilities, with the goal of building knowledge and skills in our community in order to prevent violence, help people recover and assist people to have access to justice if that is their wish.
WWILD also creates resources which are available free of charge, and can be found on this website or by contacting WWILD.
Programs and Funding
WWILD has two programs: Sexual Violence Prevention Service and Victims of Crime – Disability Training Program.
WWILD is funded by the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Social Inclusion Program), and the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.
At WWILD we strive to achieve social justice and systemic change that will uphold the rights of people with intellectual and learning disabilities to live free from violence. We have a vision of a society that values people with intellectual difference and acknowledges their abilities.
Our goal is that people lead good lives.
Women and men with intellectual and/or learning disabilities aged 14 years and over who have experienced or are at risk of sexual assault, violence or exploitation.
Women and men with intellectual or learning disabilities who need relationship and sex education and support in learning social and relationship skills.
Counsellors, parents and carers, disability support workers and community services who are looking for training and support in evidence-based practice ways of working with people with intellectual and/or learning disabilities who are at risk or have experienced sexual assault, violence or been victims of other crime or exploitation.
- Individual support and counselling.
- Support for survivors of violence and exploitation, families, services to understand rights and options, and help to access the justice system and other services.
- Therapeutic and education groups such as healthy relationships; s; mental well-being; protective behaviours; sexual violence; self esteem; sex education; sexuality; and social skills.
- Community education regarding the rights of people with disabilities to access and participate in organisations, policy reviews, disability services.
- Resource development.
- Training and professional development events for service providers in issues related to sexual violence prevention.
- Information, support and resources on issues about disability, sex, sex education,victim of crime support and counselling people with intellectual disabilities.
- Presentation of papers at conferences, seminars and workshops.
- Increased awareness through media and community development projects.
- One-off events – Reclaim the Night/ International Women’s Day activities; women’s health workshops and exhibitions.
- Opportunities for service users to participate in service development – historically through focus groups, speak-outs.
- Participation in government and non government initiatives/consultation which improve government policy and address the capacity of women and men with intellectual or learning disabilities to lead good lives.