Research to Determine Prevalence of Violence Related to Women with Disabilities and Deaf women on Campuses

Friday, June 3 2016
NEADS and DAWN Canada conducting research to determine prevalence ofviolence related to women with disabilities and Deaf women on campuses 
May 26, 2016 (Montreal) The DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada and the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) are conducting collaborative research to determine the prevalence of violence against women with disabilities and Deaf women on college and university campuses in Canada.
Recent media reports have exposed high rates of sexual assault of women students on campuses across the country. 
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sex-assault-reporting-on-canadian-campuses-worryingly-low-say-experts-1.2948321

These reports are supported by numerous studies. A 2006 Statistics Canada survey found that four out of five female undergraduates on Canadian campuses reported being victims of violence in a dating relationship.


Despite this, a 2014  review of sexual assault policies on campus by the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC) found that “most institutions reviewed do not have a sexual assault-specific policy.” The review also noted that groups who are marginalized face a higher risk of sexual and gender-based violence, including Aboriginal women, women with disabilities and transgender individuals.
http://www.metrac.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/final.formatted.campus.discussion.paper_.26sept14.pdf
“It is fitting that we are launching this study in May, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and during Victims of Crime Week (May 29 to June 3),” said Bonnie Brayton, National Executive Director of DAWN Canada, “because we know that women with disabilities also experience unique forms of violence due to their disability.” 
http://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/ableism-form-violence-against-women
Data will be collected through an online survey from female students in higher education across Canada who identify as having a disability or being Deaf. Data will also be collected from campus-based service providers who provide support to students with disabilities who report sexual assault. The research will be led by Jewelles Smith, PhD student at the University of British Columbia. Jewelles is currently leading a project on violence against women with disabilities and Deaf women in B.C. for DAWN Canada and is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive of NEADS. “This study is groundbreaking because it will help us to begin to understand the experiences of women students who are Deaf or have a disability, and it will also help us determine if their needs are being met when they seek support from campus programs,” said Frank Smith, NEADS National Coordinator.



Access to the survey can be found here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CNB8BRR , or from the NEADS
http://www.neads.ca/en/index.php?id=  or DAWN Canada
http://www.dawncanada.net  website or on Twitter @DAWNRAFHCanada #Safecampus.



Established in 1985, DAWN Canada works to create change at a systemic level in order to directly improve the quality of life for women with disabilities and Deaf women in Canada.

Since 1986, NEADS has supported full access to education and employment for
post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities across Canada. 



For more information, contact:

Hanane Khales

Communications Coordinator, DAWN Canada 

communications@dawncanada.net <mailto:communications@dawncanada.net

514-396-0009 Ext. 2505    



Or 




Frank Smith

National Coordinator, NEADS

frank.smith@neads.ca <mailto:frank.smith@neads.ca

613-380-8065 Ext. 201

 

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