Speakers at Safety & Respect: Women with Disabilities & Family Violence

Kelly Parry, Jen Hargreaves, Nicole Lee, Ada Conroy, Sarah Johnson, Jane Rosengrove, Leah Van Poppel, Alyssha Fooks, Tess Karembelas

On 13 March 2019, NIFVS and Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) partnered in running a forum for 50 workers to explore the needs of women with disabilities who experience family violence.

Key note speaker Lee Van Poppel (CEO, WDV) highlighted that when women with a disability have the support they need, their disability is not a barrier. A panel of women with lived experience provided advice about how workers can ensure women with disabilities know their rights and have the time and support to express their safety and support needs.


‘I will ensure I always check with women what they need from our service instead of assuming I know what they need.’

View a summary of the forum.

View the presentation from the forum.

For more resources about working with women with disabilities visit our resources page and find further information about the Disability Family Violence Crisis Response Initiative crisis funds.