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Hello and welcome to And You Think You’re the Expert? podcast! The podcast that discusses intellectual disability, accessibility and violence. It was created by WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Association Inc., in collaboration with experts in this topic – women with intellectual disability. Join our experts, as they interview workers about how they work with women with intellectual disability who have experienced violence. The experts share their wisdom around what workers and services could be doing to work better with this group of women.

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Introduction Episode

Join WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Association peer workers, Alison and Cassie, as they interview project workers, Jane and Kaitie. They talk about how the Listen up! Project at WWILD turned into the ‘And You Think You’re the Expert?’ podcast and other resources.

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Episode 1: Sexual Violence Worker

Tune in to hear Banksia share her good experiences of counselling; Rose share some ideas around helpful resources when working alongside women who have an intellectual disability; and everyone discuss the importance of learning about healthy relationships and sex.

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Episode 2: Domestic Violence Worker

Tune in to hear Amethyst share ideas around what DV workers could do to better support women who have an intellectual disability who are going into refuge; and Charlie give some tips to improve the accessibility of DFV services and why it is important for DV workers to receive training around disability.

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Episode 3: Support Worker

Tune in to hear Betty share her experiences of working with support workers in supported accommodation; Luna talk about what type of support helps when she is feeling mentally unwell; and everyone myth busting common perceptions of people who have a disability.

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Episode 4: Support Coordinator

Tune in to hear Chloe talk to us about appropriate communication when working with people who have an intellectual disability; and Abby shares some of her frustrations with the NDIS and domestic violence service systems and offers some suggestions for improvements, including what support coordinators could do to better support women leaving a violent relationship.

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Episode 5: Mental Health Worker

Tune in to hear Skittles explain why it’s important to call emergency services as a last resort only; and Zarrafa share her experiences of being in hospital and what she would like to see done differently.

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Episode 6: Police

Tune in to hear Ashley explain why it’s important for people who have an intellectual disability to be offered a 93a interview when reporting sexual assault to police; Cassie share an example of what a good police experience looks like; and Milly share about the help she would have liked to have received from police when trying to apply for a DVO.

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'And You Think You're The Expert?' Booklet

If you would like more information from the experts about how workers could support women who have an intellectual disability after an experience of violence, you can download a copy of the ‘And You Think You’re the Expert’?’ booklet.

Or give us a call on (07) 3262 9877 if you would like to pick up a hard copy.

Contact numbers for support in Australia

If this podcast has upset you in any way, please reach out to get some support.

The numbers in Australia are:

  • 1800 Respect – 1800 737 732
    The National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
    24 hours, 7 days a week.
  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
    A national number which can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your state
  • Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
    Telephone, email and web counselling for children and young people.
  • Relationship Australia – 1300 364 277
    Support groups and counselling on relationships.
  • National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline – 1800 880 052
    An Australia-wide telephone hotline for reporting abuse and neglect of people with disability

About this project

These resources were developed and published by WWILD SVP ASSOCIATION INC.© in collaboration with 33 women with intellectual disabilities. For more information, see www.wwild.org.au

Contact us

WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Association Inc.

Phone:           (07) 3262 9877
Fax:                (07) 3262 9847
Email:            info@wwild.org.au

Contact hours:
Monday to Friday | 9am – 5pm

Funding Acknowledgement

The And You Think You’re the Expert? resources were created as part of the Listen Up! Project, which was kindly funded by the Department of Social Services through the Community Led Projects to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children.

Acknowledgement of Country

We would like to first and foremost acknowledge the traditional owners of the many unceded lands on which we gathered on for this project; the Turrbul and Jagera people of Meanjin (Brisbane), the Yugambeh people of the Gold Coast, the Gubbi Gubbi people of Caboolture, the Darumbal people of Rockhampton, and the Turrbal, Jagera and Yugambeh people of Logan. We would like to pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. It always was and always will be Aboriginal land.