The Disability Support Toolkit has resources for front line workers supporting people with disability who have been impacted by violence and abuse.
This Disability Support Toolkit is an outcome of the Disabilities Pathways Project. It has been developed to provide frontline workers with resources to assist them in supporting people with disability who have been impacted by violence and abuse.
People with disability are 1.8 times more likely to experience violence and abuse, including more varied forms of abuse. (Source: AIHW Report 2019.) They are also less likely, and take longer to reach out for support.
This Toolkit includes:
This Toolkit can be used in conjunction with information provided on our website on Inclusive Practice: Supporting people with disability.
Read more about the Disabilities Pathways Project and its outcomes.
Following a comprehensive training and assessment program, 1800RESPECT counsellors now provide improved support to people with disability, who are impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence. 1800RESPECT was awarded the Scope Communication Access Symbol in late 2019. When you see the symbol, it means the business or service you are visiting is accessible to people with communication difficulties:
This set of 3 videos were co-developed by Scope and 1800RESPECT. They are designed to be viewed by people with disability, and include information on how to contact 1800RESPECT, and how the service works.
Video 1: What is 1800RESPECT?
1800RESPECT is a service for someone to call if they have violence or sexual assault happen to them. This video explains what you can talk to our counsellors about. 1800RESPECT counsellors have training in talking to people with disability. View the full playlist on the 1800RESPECT YouTube Channel.
Video 2: What to expect when you call 1800RESPECT
This video explains why people call 1800RESPECT, and how you can contact the service by phone and web chat. It also explains what to expect when you call, and an advocate shares their experience of calling the service. View on the 1800RESPECT YouTube Channel.
Video 3: Testimonials
Advocates share their experiencing of contacting 1800RESPECT, and how it can be different for different people with disability. They explain what devices they used, and what it was like communicating with the counsellors. View on the 1800RESPECT YouTube Channel.
The Easy English booklets have been developed as part of the Disability Pathways Project and with Women with Disabilities Australia. They are evidence based, user group tested and easy to use. You can download fully accessible PDF versions below, or you can contact 1800RESPECT with your postal details to order hardcopies.
Please note that hardcopies are limited, and will be supplied to SADFV frontline, disability support, and advocacy services only.
Sunny is 1800RESPECT’s app for women with disability who have experienced violence and abuse. Sunny has been co-designed with women with disability to make sure it provides the very best support for the people who use it. Learn more about Sunny.
Go to the App Store or Google Play store to download Sunny. Sunny is free to download and is free to use on your phone.