Associate Professor Leanne Dowse, Chair in Intellectual Disability Behaviour Support, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences
Despite the growing awareness of the connections between disability and experiences of violence, little scholarly attention has been directed to the specific experiences of women with disability who are more likely to experience violence than men with disability and women who do not have a disability. Drawing on a body of research addressing intersectional experiences of gendered disability violence, this lecture explores a troubling dichotomy which sees some women with disability excluded from processes of justice, while others are criminalised and intractably entangled in the justice system. These contradictory trajectories are bound up in the deep and complex interconnections between disability, gender, social inequality and institutional ableism, the net result of which is pervasive systemic violence. Addressing the issue of gendered disability violence in all its guises requires interrogation of the ambivalence of systems of justice in recognising and responding to diverse intersectionalities.
Leanne Dowse is Associate Professor and Chair in Intellectual Disability Behaviour Support at UNSW where she leads a program of interdisciplinary research in disability aimed at creating knowledge to build capacity to address issues for people with cognitive disability who experience complex intersectional disadvantage.