Thursday, 31 July 2014

Making Rights Reality:Final Evaluation Report 2014

Making Rights Reality is a pilot project for sexual assault survivors with a cognitive impairment that has been a partnership between the Federation of Community Legal Services, SECASA and Springvale Monash Community Legal Service.  The project improved access to the criminal justice system and counselling and advocacy for people with a cognitive impairment or communication difficulties. We all know that the percentage of people sexually assaulted in childhood and as adults is high.  However, people with disabilities are at a much higher risk of all forms of violence and abuse than the general population.  This project was aimed at improving rates of reporting for people with a disability. It increased reporting of sexual assault for the people the project was aimed at.  More importantly it resulted in the SECASA workforce improving their level of skill for working with people with cognitive impairments and communication difficulties.  This and the publicity around the project led to a large increase in people with a disability accessing the service.

The final evaluation report was written by Patsie Frawley, School of Allied Health, La Trobe University.

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