Lauren Krnjacki

Violence against people with disabilities


Professor Anne Kavanagh, Disability and Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne

Dr Tania King, Disability and Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne

Title of PhD: Violence against people with disabilities


People with disabilities are more likely to experience all types of violence.  There is currently a lack of reliable and cohesive data on disability and violence in Australia.  We know that adults with disability are two to three times as likely to experience all forms of interpersonal violence (e.g. physical violence, emotional abuse, sexual violence) than those without disabilities.  Previous work has only applied to people with disabilities overall, and it has not been possible to disaggregate by the type of disability.  People with disabilities are a largely heterogeneous group and my work will investigate how the experience of violence varies for people with different impairments and across a variety contexts.  I will also investigate existing interventions to prevent and respond to violence against people with disability.


Lauren Krnjacki is a social epidemiologist with a strong background in disability research including extensive knowledge of Australian-based disability data sources.  She has published extensively on disability, particularly on topics related to discrimination and violence.  In these publications she provided the first Australian prevalence estimates of the discrimination and violence experienced by people with disability.  She has experience using many of the Australian Bureau of Statistics population based surveys (including the Survey of Disability and Carers, the Personal Safety Survey, the General Social Survey and the National Health Survey).  She has also work extensively with national longitudinal data from the Survey of The Household Income and Labour Dynamics of Australia Survey (HILDA survey) and several smaller community-based surveys.