Given DV Vic’s central position in the Victorian family violence system, we are well placed to provide insights into how victim-survivors of family violence with a disability, interact with the criminal justice system. Current research shows that people with disabilities are more likely to experience family violence than people without disabilities. Further, women and girls with disabilities experience higher rates of violence and abuse than men with disabilities and “the intersection of gender and disability increases the risk of violence against women and girls with disabilities”.
Due to the increased risk and prevalence of family violence for women with disabilities, the existing evidence-base, including the report of the Royal Commission into Family Violence (RCFV), primarily document the experience of women with disabilities. Consequently, drawing on this evidence-base, this submission will primarily focus on family violence against women with disabilities that results from the intersection of systemic gender-based discrimination against women and disability-based discrimination against people with a disability.