Join BWSS in challenging ableism and other structures of oppression impacting survivors with disabilities.

National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) takes place every year starting on the last Sunday in May, running this year from May 28th to June 3rd.

In solidarity with National AccessAbility Week and the work of people, organizations, and communities spearheading initiatives for disability justice, BWSS is spotlighting 4 crucial resources that take an anti-oppressive, intersectional approach to addressing Gender-Based Violence at its intersections with ableism. More resources are available through our multi-format and multilingual resource hub, Gender Equity Learning and Knowledge Exchange.

Rooting Resilience: A Needs Assessment about Women with Disabilities, Gender-Based violence, and the Potential of Peer Support Services

This report by Disabled Women’s Network Canada and Dr. Jihan Abbas summarizes the experiences of women and girls with disabilities experiencing gender-based violence at disproportionately high rates and provides an exploration on the potential of peer support model for services to be adapted to meet the unique needs of women and girls with disabilities.

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Intersecting Oppressions Shape Experiences of IPV Faced by Women with Disabilities

This toolkit and infographic by the VAW Learning Network share how an intersectional approach to violence against women with disabilities requires exploring the ways sexism and ableism interact with each other and with other forms of oppression like colonialism and heteronormativity.

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Inclusion in Practice: Helping People with Intellectual Disabilities Experiencing Gender-Based Violence

This resource guide by Disability Alliance BC, Ending Violence Association of BC, and Inclusion BC was developed for anti-violence programs as a tool to enable programs to build capacity, enhance their supports and improve service outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities, especially those with complex needs, who experience gender-based violence.

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Right To Be Safe: Creating Inclusive Services for Women with Disabilities Experiencing Violence

The resource booklet by Disability Alliance BC provides service providers in the violence prevention and response sector with information on statistics about violence against women with disabilities, understanding barriers people with disabilities face, communication and interaction tips about people with a range of disabilities, and accessibility planning tips.

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