We Matter Too! is a project that addresses the needs of disabled young people facing domestic abuse.
The project was funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation as part of a series of projects looking at domestic violence.
It explored gaps in domestic abuse service provisions and awareness of practitioners working with disabled young people, as identified by SafeLives and Women’s Aid. ACT, in partnership with Anita Franklin at Coventry University, carried out work that specifically addresses the needs of young disabled people.
We Matter Too – Key Findings From the Report
The young people we spoke to said they need:
- To be asked.
- To be treated like they matter.
- To have professionals who check if they have understood.
- For professionals to understand that ‘asking for help is hard; it is scary’.
- For professionals to understand that it is difficult to make sense of what happens – we may not have understood that what we are witnessing and experiencing is abuse.
- For professionals, and especially the police, to understand that we are scared.
- To have people who try to understand our behaviour – we don’t always use words, we don’t always have the words.
- To have help to understand healthy relationships and choices.
We Matter Too – National Launch Event
To officially launch the We Matter Too project, we’re hosting an open event. Our event is for anyone working with young people and disabled people. It’s also aimed at anyone working in police, healthcare, and social care to support young people, disabled young people, and adults at risk – both in the statutory and voluntary sectors.
Date: 09 December 2019
Time: 10:30am – 4:30pm
There are 60 free places at this event.
We’ll provide lunch and refreshments.