Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

Minister for Child Protection; Communities; Women's Interests; Seniors and Volunteering

    Government tackles domestic violence in disabilities sectors

    27/06/2007 11:41 AM

    The State Government has launched a training resource to help people when they assist others with disabilities who are experiencing family and domestic violence.

    Communities Minister Sue Ellery today launched the training manual, ‘Speaking Out: domestic violence and people with disabilities’, which was produced by the Nulsen Haven Association with funding from the Family and Domestic Violence Unit.

    Ms Ellery said the resource would be a valuable tool for reducing abuse of vulnerable people.

    “Research shows that women with disabilities are more likely to be subjected to abuse or violence and can find it more difficult to escape,” she said.

    “Every person deserves to be treated with respect and dignity and it is not acceptable that this awful crime occurs against anyone.

    “The training package has taken a great deal of research and hard work to develop and I commend Nulsen Haven for their work on it.”

    The State Government has provided funding of $45,000 for training to be delivered across the State using the newly developed resource.

    “The Carpenter Government is pleased to support and expand this important initiative which will help make Western Australia a safer place,” the Minister said.

    The manual is based on the work already undertaken through two reports on those with disabilities who are victims of family and domestic violence; ‘Silent Voices’ and ‘Open Dialogue.’

    Both reports recognised the need for more skills in the disability sector to identify instances of violence in the home, and in the domestic violence sector to allow appropriate support to be offered.

    Nulsen Haven Association is a not-for-profit organisation that provides services for people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injury, many of whom have additional multiple physical disabilities.

    More information on family and domestic violence can be found at:

    Minister's office - 9213 7150