This community of practice workshop for DFVSA sector, social workers and any interested health practitioners will be facilitated by Kari Vallury (Children by Choice Senior Research Assistant) and Victoria Tucker (WWILD Counsellor) for people who may support pregnancy decision making for people with intellectual disability or learning disability who may also experience reproductive coercion and abuse.
Summary of Activity
People with disability experience 1.8 times higher rates of violence/abuse, including extreme forms of intimate partner violence/sexual assault, and greater barriers to accessing services. Reproductive coercion is increasingly recognised form of DFV, involving intentional abusive behaviour or strategies aimed at establishing/maintaining control through pregnancy pressure, contraceptive sabotage and pregnancy outcomes. (Miller 2010, Tarzia 2021)
In 2021 Children by Choice and WWILD, funded by WorkUP Queensland, collaborated and conducted a literature review; facilitated 2 focus groups with self-advocates with lived experience of intellectual disability and 3 focus groups with 3 DFVSA services; reviewed existing resources and training modules, co-designed new collaborative training workshop for DFVSA, social workers and allied health professionals. In 2022 we are collaborating on the DASHER project – Design Accessible Sexual Health and E-Resources with People with Intellectual Disabilities, funded by Women and Change project grants.
Who should attend?
DFVSA sector, disability and health care practitioners who may support people with intellectual and/or learning disability.
Specific learning outcomes for participants:
- Early identification of support needs and formal and informal supports that enable pregnancy decision-making autonomy
- Improved understanding that assist with identifying and respond to reproductive coercion and abuse
- Consider disability sexual and reproductive health rights and consider individual, organisational and systemic barriers to autonomy
- Work with clients to improve health literacy (consent, pregnancy, coercion and contraception) towards increased reproductive autonomy
- Share the developed co-designed resources with workers.
Meet the Presenters
Victoria Tucker is a Counsellor at WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention service. She has worked in the disability sector as a social worker for 20 years. She has extensive experience in counselling, case management, group work, project management, individual/systemic advocacy, community development, professional supervision and training focussed on improvement of knowledge and skills in working with people with intellectual, cognitive and learning disabilities. Victoria utilises a person-centred, trauma-informed practice model and strengths and relationship-based practice approaches in supporting people in recovery utilising a variety of creative and expressive counselling approaches.
Kari Vallury is a Senior Research Assistant with Children by Choice in Queensland, supporting the organisation to generate and implement an evidence base, in partnership with local and national partners, to underpin and promote reproductive rights and quality reproductive health service provision. Kari is also completing a PhD in public health, measuring experiences and impacts of perceived abortion stigma in Australia. She has a background in global public health research and policy, having worked in the community sector, universities and with UNFPA.
Venue: Via ZOOM – details will be sent on the day of the session
Date: Monday 30 May 2022 – 6.00 – 7.00pm
CPD: 1 hr
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