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Establishing a user led model of best practice for disabled women at risk of violence


Shaping our Lives are looking for Disabled women with lived experience of violence or abuse to take part in this user-led project called ‘A Refuge for All’.

‘A Refuge for All’ aims to establish a user-led model of best practice for Disabled women experiencing, or at risk of, violence or abuse; to ensure their needs are met through current service provision. Shaping Our Lives say the reason that they have set up this project is because although Disabled women are twice as likely as non-disabled people to experience domestic violence and abuse, services are not always inclusive of Disabled women.

There will be:

·        A focus group in London on Wednesday 14th June from 1-4.15pm (There will be a light lunch and refreshments offered.)

·        An advisory Group of Disabled women with lived experience of domestic violence or abuse that will meet quarterly, for no more than 2 hours, over 2 years, starting in July (date to be agreed in week commencing 17th July for the first meeting).

Shaping Our Lives will meet travel and reasonable support costs for these meetings and an involvement payment of £50 per meeting is offered to those people who are able to accept it.

Shaping Our Lives describe themselves as: a non-profit making, user-led organisation that hosts a national network of user-led groups, service users and Disabled people. They are committed to inclusivity and diversity, specialising in user controlled research and involvement practice ensuring that diverse and excluded communities are represented in the policy making, planning and delivery of services. 

For more information about this project and to register your interest in confidence, please contact Becki Meakin, General Manager of Shaping Our Lives at becki@shapingourlives.org.uk or call 07956 424511.


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