Women with intellectual disability experience abusive and violent relationships – both romantic and otherwise – at exceptionally high rates. Many programs designed to develop relationship skills and prevent violence are not accessible to them. Unfortunately, many service providers also mistakenly believe that women with intellectual disability do not need these skills, contributing to their vulnerability.

This is a primary prevention program, meaning that it is specifically designed to prevent personal, intimate partner, domestic and sexual violence before it happens. It takes a broad approach, addressing both service providers and women with intellectual disability to ensure coherence in supporting women in their personal lives.

The training program is being run in three key regions around NSW. (Specific locations will be available upon RSVP). We are seeking your assistance particularly in reaching women with intellectual disability and encouraging and supporting them to attend. As a primary prevention program, this training is for all women with intellectual disability, including those not currently in a relationship.

We would also encourage you to consider sending a member of your staff along to attend the first day, which is specifically geared towards service providers. The second and third days of the training program are designed for women with intellectual disability only.

Learning Objectives

Women’s training course

  • Rights and Needs
  • Relationships
  • Understanding domestic violence and abuse
  • Speak up, get help
  • Connections

Professionals training course

  • Domestic violence and the rights of women with intellectual disability
  • The prevention model approach to Domestic violence
  • Building strategies that work


The program is targeted at women with intellectual disability and designed for two groups of participants. One group is women with intellectual disability, and the other is service providers and professionals whose work relates to the target group, including

  • Legal Centres
  • DVLO from local Police Stations
  • Advocacy services
  • Domestic Violence service providers
  • Women’s Refuges
  • Australian Disability Employment Offices