The conference organised by the Austrian Council on Disability on 12th of September 2019 aimed at "making women with disabilities visible" in different contexts of their life and realities. Very positive to mention is the great interest shown by political decision-makers (First Lady, Federal Chancellor, two Federal Ministers) who opened the conference. Sabine Mandl from BIM took part in a panel discussion and presented the EU project: Violence against women with disabilities and their access to support structures.
Rechte von Menschen mit Behinderungen
Research project commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (BMASK). This research project is currently implemented by the Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology (Lead), queraum and BIM. For the first time in Austria this empirical study strives to gather representative data on the diverse experiences of abuse and violence of persons with disabilities. The study focuses on women and men with disabiliteis who live in residental institutions or other specialised services and covers their different experiences of violence in all stages of life.
Persons with Disabilities – Experiences with Violence and Discrimination
On 3rd December 2016, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we set a focus on experiences of violence and discrimination against persons with disabilities, who fled and seek protection in Europe.
So far only few studies exist, such as the one of FRA (Fundamental Rights Agency), of Handicap International and Help Age International and the University of Sydney, that are dealing with the specific situation of persons with disabilities on the move.
The international campaign 16 days against gender violence takes place from 25 November to 10 December 2015. A special vulnerable group of women are women with disabilities. They are two or three times more likely to be exposed to violence than women in the average population (Schröttle/Homberg, 2013) and experiences of violence are more complex since they are often characterized by relationships of dependency..
Sabine Mandl and Claudia Sprenger wrote the article "Einmal die Bevölkerung wachrütteln, dass es soetwas überhaupt gibt" (in German), which informs about the relevant findings of the EU project "Access to specialized victim support services for women with disabilities who have experienced violence".