Intellectual Disability and Domestic and Family Violence
Date recorded: 21st May 2020
Presented by Jane Barrett and Siobhan Gibbs
This webinar focuses on the intersection of intellectual disability and domestic and family violence. In particular on some key aspects of working with people who have an intellectual disability including: Identifying intellectual disability, cognitive and communication difficulties, vulnerability to exploitation and violence, working with disability support providers and tips to support workers who are performing risk assessments and safety planning with people who have an intellectual disability.
Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Approaches with People with Intellectual Disabilities
Date recorded: 28th May 2020
Presented by Jill Olver and Victoria Tucker
Suitable for counsellors, psychologists or those working in therapeutic role. We ask that people first watch the previous webinar in order to learn more about working with people with intellectual, learning and cognitive disabilities, in order to benefit from this webinar.
This webinar focuses on key aspects of counselling with people with intellectual disability, appropriate communication approaches, utilising trauma informed practice and mindfulness/somatic techniques, relationships and DFV education during crisis counselling, and appropriate therapeutic activities in areas of strengths based, narrative, creative and expressive therapies, neuro-psychological education and strategies, and DFV and relationships education that will assist with longer term recovery.
SPARK Webinar: Pregnancy decision making support for women with intellectual or learning disability who are experiencing reproductive coercion and abuse
Date Recorded: 27th October 2021
Presented by: WWILD SVP Association, Children by Choice and Workup QLD.
This SPARK Webinar presented the consumer’s lived experience of the challenges and the skills required to work with pregnancy decision making in the context of violence and reproductive coercion.
This recording is held on the WorkUP QLD Resources Hub website. Click on this LINK to view the recording.
Domestic and Family Violence and Disability Resource Training – WorkUP QLD Resources Hub Page
The Working Well with Women with Disability online webinars series project, completed in 2022, was a collaboration between WorkUP QLD, WWILD-SVP Association Inc. and Queenslanders with a Disability Network (QDN).
This workshop series were co-designed, developed and delivered with women with disability. It is targeted to people who work in the sexual assault, women’s health and well being and domestic and family violence workforce.
Workshop 1: Foundational knowledge – Women with Disability
Workshop 2: Understanding gendered violence in the context of women with disability
Workshop 3: Good Practice in working with women with disability
Workshop 4: Resources and support for working with Women with Disability
Workshop 5: Inclusion of women with disability in organisations as clients and staff
Click Here to view the webinars, information sheets and videos.
WWILD and Queenslanders with a Disability Network (QDN) and WorkUP Queensland worked together to develop a self-paced learning program and resources to support DFV, sexual violence and women’s wellbeing services to work well with women with disability.
We consulted with women with disability about what they wanted service providers to know about working with them. We held a series of focus groups with women with disability who shared their experiences and wisdom, and this helped shape the development of the program. Three of the women also contributed to the final training design and co-delivery.
The five-part series is now available to access on the WorkUP Resource Hub. Each workshop includes a video and accompanying information sheet with links to a range of services and resources for further information and resources. Case studies and reflective questions are weaved throughout so that teams can watch the videos together and engage in reflective conversations to enhance their learning over time. Each video also provides an in-focus conversation with a women with disability.
Here are a few insights from the women who contributed to the development and delivery of this program.
- ‘It is important to always break down the process. It is all so, so overwhelming when first getting help. One thing at a time always. By doing too much at once, it made me so much sicker.’ Consultation participant
- ‘Disability makes small things worse and more significant. It might not seem like a big deal to you (the worker) but it has a huge impact on us.’ Consultation participant
- “I’ll always be dependent on others for my self-care, for transport. But my employment I will always be able to do independently. All I need is a computer and an internet connection. And I can do that without needing to rely on anybody else.” Karin Swift