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 


This practical two-day course is essential for anyone working with people with intellectual disability. It debunks the myths surrounding sexual assault and builds understanding of how people with intellectual disability experience sexual assault and abuse. It takes participants through their obligations and equips them with a toolkit of strategies they can use to support victims of sexual assault as well as decrease vulnerability through capacity-building of people with intellectual disability and helping to create safer environments for them.

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An flexible introductory course to disability awareness made up of core and optional supplementary modules. Core modules explore the concept of disability, its definitions and the myths and facts surrounding it, as well as respectful language and communication. Supplementary modules include components customised to the needs of your organisation to gain information, case scenarios and examples applicable to your work.

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We can discuss the development and delivery of specific professional training in the areas of disability and human rights as well as responding to abuse and  neglect. Our training is aimed to reduce the vulnerability of people with disability to abuse and neglect and provide tools to build their capacity to protect themselves.

To discuss your training needs or to book training, please contact Training Officer, Mel Harrison email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone (02) 9370-3100


Costs depend on the training package provided and the number of participants. Contact Training Officer, Mel Harrison email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone (02) 9370-3100
All training outside the  Sydney metropolitan area is subject to travel and accommodation costs.

Fees and Cancellation Policy

Cancellation up to two weeks prior to the training date will incur a cancellation fee of 10% of the training fee quoted. Cancellation less than two weeks prior to the training date will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the training fee quoted. Cancellation on the day of the training will incur a 100% payment of the training fee quoted.

Participants will be notified if it is necessary for PWDA to cancel a course.