Women, disability and violence: Creating access to justice

Investigators: Professor JaneMaree Maher, Dr Claire Spivakovsky, Professor Jude McCulloch and Dr Jasmine McGowan (Monash University), with Dr Jessica Cadwallader and Meredith Lea (People with Disability Australia)
Funded by: Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety
Project contact: Professor JaneMaree Maher

About the project

This project explored the experiences of women with disability in seeking access to justice when they have faced violence and/or sexual assault either inside or outside their relationships. The research team’s approach centred women’s voices and experiences, and explored their insights in relation to those of service providers and other justice sector stakeholders. Visit Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) for the full project description.

We are very pleased to announce all the final reports have been released.

We are very thankful to the women who shared their stories with us.


Accessible versions

Word, Easy English and Auslan versions of the ANROWS Horizon and Compass reports are provided below. To access this information in additional accessible formats, please email the project contact.

Recent research

McCulloch, J., Maher, JM., Walklate, S., McGowan, J. & Fitz-Gibbon, K. (2020), ‘Justice perspectives of women with disability: An Australian story’, International Review of victimology [online].

VLOG of Professor JaneMaree Maher and Dr Jasmine McGowan discussing the project