Facts & Figures










Key figures about Australian women and girls with disability

  • Women with disabilities make up 20% of the population of women - nearly 2 million of us (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2003).
  • Only 16% of all women with disabilities are likely to have any secondary education compared to 28% of men with disabilities (WWDA, 2004).
  • 51% of women with a disability earn less than $200 per week compared to 36% of men with a disability (WWDA, 2004).
  • Men with disabilities are twice as likely to be in paid employment as women with disabilities (WWDA, 2004).
  • Open employment and disability employment services assist twice as many men with disabilities as women with disabilities (WWDA, 2004).
Key facts about violence and abuse
  • For women and girls with disability, domestic violence and sexual assault occurs in a broad range of settings including residential settings, insitutions, group homes, cluster housing, congregate care, psychiatric institutions and other settings (Frohmader, 2010).
  • Compared to women and girls without disability, women and girls with disability experience violence at significantly higher ratesrs, more frequently and for longer, in more ways and by more perpetrators (Frohmader, 2010).
  • Women with disability were 37.3% more likely than women without disability to report experiencing some form of intimate partner violence (The National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, 2009).
  • 19.7% of women with disability reported a history of unwanted sex compared to 8.2% of women without disability (The National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, 2009).
Useful resources
  • Women With Disabilities Australia www.wwda.org.au
  • People with Disability Australia www.pwd.org.au/systemic/abuse.html
  • Women with Disabilities Victoria www.wdv.org.au/violence.html
  • WWILD - Sexual Violence Prevention Service
  • Sexual Assault in Disability and Aged Care
  • "Silent Voices" - People with Disabilities (WA), the Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre and the Centre for Social Research, Edith Cowan University
  • "Women with Disabiliteis Accessing Crisis Services" - Women with Disabilities ACT, Women's Centre for Health Matters, Domestic Violence Crisis Services