The systems are in place for people trying to escape abuse. However, for people with disability who are victim-survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, the systems overlook their needs.
In Australia, on average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. In the meantime, about ten women a day are hospitalised for assault injuries perpetrated by a spouse or domestic partner.
Furthermore, according to research, 2 in 5 women with disability have experienced physical violence after age 15. From the age of 15, 46% of women with cognitive disabilities and 50% of women with psychological disabilities have experienced sexual violence. Moreover, evidence shows that women with disabilities in Australia are twice as likely to experience domestic sexual violence.
Nicole Lee is a victim-survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault. She uses her first-hand experience as a person with a disability to help advocate for others with a disability who are also victim-survivors of abuse. Susan, the host of Have the Nerve, invites her to the episode.
She shares her journey, and the cycle of coercive control. Meanwhile, she also tells us how the systems mostly work for someone able-bodied to escape violence, but not very reasonable for people with disabilities.
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The helpful resources in the episode
- Support Resources Reach out – Domestic Violence support
- Lifeline Crisis Chat
- Australian Government Support Directory
- Nicole Lee
- Women with disability are being turned away by family violence services in Australia – SBS
- Women living with disability can face extra hurdles breaking free of abusers, survivor warns – ABC
- The Choice – Violence or Poverty
- Rosie Batty
- Phil Cleary: sister’s death led to drive for justice
- The Duluth Model Understanding the Power and Control Wheel
- So, what exactly is coercive control? – Laura Richards
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