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Becki Meakin

March 2019

A Refuge for All – a project led by Disabled women with experience of violence and abuse, looking at improving access to violence and abuse services for Disabled women.
In 2017, Shaping Our Lives received a two-year grant from the DCMS Tampon Tax Fund for this project.
During this project, Disabled women told us that, as there was ten years ago, there was a lack of accessible information about seeking support and refuge; inaccessible refuge and service buildings; a lack of knowledge and understanding of the issues for disabled women by professionals; a need for disability equality training for service staff; and greater awareness and support for disabled women experiencing carer abuse.
Together, the Findings Report and Best Practice Toolkit provide service providers with a user-led approach to improving access and ensuring a high standard of service delivery for Disabled women. Although this report and the toolkit have been produced specifically for services working in the violence and abuse sector, the self-assessment templates could be used to make changes to other services that work with disabled women.
Download the toolkit
In partnership/with support of: DCMS Tampon Tax Fund
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