2011 White Ribbon Day - Fact Sheet on Gender Based Violence and Disability

Fact Sheet on Gender Based Violence and Disability 

The Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC) has been collaborating with its members and partners to ensure the voices of people affected by gender based violence (GBV) are heard.

Recently the Honourable Kevin Rudd spoke about his commitment to ending violence against women. He affirmed the need for discussion and action when stating

"Gender based violence is not just a challenge for women; it is a challenge for me."

ADDC is supporting the White Ribbon Day campaign as

disability markedly increases the risk of gender based violence.

We request your support to be involved.

Did you know that?….

  • Women with disabilities often face double discrimination on the grounds of both their gender and impairment and hence represent one of the most marginalised groups in society.
  • Violence against women is an urgent issue in both wealthier and developing countries. However, gender based violence, which ranges from low level domestic violence to some of the most horrific abuses within the human family, are perceived to be more prominent in developing countries where there is less accessibility to support services and understanding of the issue
  • Gender discrimination in a disability context indicates that women and girls with disabilities are often at greater risk of abuse and violence, injury and neglect
  • Violence against women can be a significant cause of preventable impairments in the first place. In addition to causing injury, violence increases women’s long-term risk of several health conditions, including physical disability
  • According to a recent study, violence and abuses against women with disabilities are often hidden, and there remains deep-seated stigma and shame connected to both sexuality and disability
  • Disability markedly increases the risk of gender based violence
  • Women with disabilities are disadvantaged compared with their peers without disabilities, and that challenges such as poverty, GBV, and barriers to adequate sexual and reproductive health care experienced in conjunction with disability are magnified for women with disabilities.