Domestic Violence Event Report
On the 5th December we hosted “why don’t you just leave?” an event to raise awareness of the issues of disability and domestic violence as part of marking The International Day of Disabled People and The Week of Action to End Violence Against Women and Girls. Disabled people in England and Wales are subjected to twice the rate of sexual assault, domestic abuse and stalking than non disabled people. People experiencing mental distress especially tend to experience high rates of domestic abuse.
EDA’s new project has been working to raise awareness of the different barriers and forms of violence that disabled people face. Domestic violence can be affected by gender and ethnicity as well as sexuality as it is about patterns of domination and control.
In order to end domestic violence, attitudes and institutions need to change. We want to live in a world where violence against anyone is unacceptable and will be stopped. If kids know it’s wrong you should too!
Watch this video about young boys attitudes to violence:
People need to know that the problem is widespread and that they are not alone.
There is support out there!
The barriers that disabled people face in accessing services are varied, racism, sexism and homophobia as well attitudes towards impairment and disability can result in barriers to getting support for domestic violence.
As well as EDA presenting the wide range of issues that disabled people face when experiencing domestic violence, Enfield Saheli spoke about their services and the need for specialist support. Shan Kilby at Enfield Council addressed the importance of the issue locally and connected it to ways in which people, particularly women, support each other to combat violence internationally.
The project is in partnership with Citizens Advice Enfield, Enfield LGBT Network, Enfield Women’s Centre and has been funded by The Mayors Office of Policing and Crime. The event brought together many professionals in the field and was a great opportunity for networking and sharing best practice. The event was seen a success
“Thank you so much for such brilliant opportunity to learn more about domestic violence and the support available in the borough, it was really interesting and informative. I must admit that it covered more than I expected, thumbs up!” – Florence Mampasi (EPC)
We are currently looking for funding to continue to develop this work but we are very encouraged by the attendance and commitment of our partners thanks to The Mayors Office of Policing and Crime, Metropolitan Police, Enfield Council, Enfield Women’s Centre, LGBT Network, TV Edwards, Healthwatch, Citizens Advice Enfield, Solace Women’s Aid and Saheli.
Together we can end violence against disabled people!