About Current Projects

Everything your need to know about current Vision Sense projects


Vision Sense (a user-led organisation of disabled people), Lancaster University Centre for Disability Research (CeDR) and AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) are delighted to be working together to improve services for disabled women and girls who have experienced gendered violence, hate crime or abuse.

The project will help service providers in mental health, housing, social care and the NHS to work with disabled people and victim-survivors, to improve the longer term independent living and safety outcomes for survivors.

The project is a Fast Track Grant from Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) Grants Programme. 

DRILL is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Research shows that disabled people are more at risk of hate crime and violence than non-disabled people (Emerson & Roulstone, 2014) and that women and girls are more at risk of violence and abuse than non-disabled women (Hague et al, 2008, Hughes et al, 2012).  However, most work has focussed to date on immediate crisis provision or specialist services such as refuges/police reporting (e.g. DAPHNE http://women-disabilitiesviolence.humanrights.at ). 

Survivors tell us that information is needed about inclusive longer term mental health services, housing and joint working between partners (Shah et al, 2015), to prevent re-victimisation and help victim-survivors to rebuild their lives, for independent living and safety in the longer term. This project addresses this need. 

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DRILL Service Provider Online Survey


Tackling Violence Against Disabled Women and Girls

A free one day conference will take place at Lancaster University on Monday 9th July to disseminate our research findings, the experiences of barriers to supporting disabled women and share good practice and provide an opportunity to connect with others working with disabled and Deaf women to develop networks to better support disabled women and girls after violence.

Full details, including the programme for the event can be found here.
If you would like to attend you can book a place here.

If you would like to get involved, or want more information about this research, please contact:

If you are a service provider, worker or organisation:
Tel: 020 3752 5535

If you are a disabled woman or woman with a long-term impairment who has experienced violence or abuse:
Vision Sensehttp://www.visionsense.co.uk/
Tel: 0300 111 0191

If you are interested in receiving the report or attending the end of project conference and would like more information:

For more information on DRILL:


Some Useful Background Information About Vision Sense

We work to improve social care, health, criminal justice, learning and employment with disabled people of all ages, in disadvantaged places or positions in the UK.

We have a proven track record of working with commissioners and communities to design and mentor transformation in social care, health and criminal justice.  If you have tough decisions or sea-change funding to deliver, we can help you ensure you achieve your goals fairly and transparently, with timely and proportionate evidence to support you.

Some of our best practice service user research for the NHS:

Vision Sense delivers evidence-based, interactive training, with clients from CEOs, to human resources and learning teams, so that you can ensure your people and policies perform to the highest standards.  Our training is accredited from levels 1-6 and we are a Registered ONE Awards (Open College Network North East) Centre.  You can book training online here.

Vision Sense is a User-Led Organisation and a not-for-profit social enterprise, formed in 2003.  We are proud to be qualified experienced disabled people, working with you for change.  When you buy our training, research, access or policy experts, any surplus we make each year goes back into providing services for disabled and excluded people in the area.  That’s even more equality for your money!  Working with us can help you meet some of your Equality Act and Social Value Act targets.

Don’t take our word for it – here’s some of our work that has been chosen as best practice:

Best practice work with victims and Survivors to tackle institutional abuse and prevent disablist hate crime:

Award-winning Inclusive Design:
http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/greatnorthmuseum virtual tour.

What our Clients say:
"The best training I’ve ever attended"
"Their expert knowledge definitely contributed to the success of the project"