Disabled Survivors Unite is thrilled to announce we are speaking on the panel “Domestic Violence Against People with Disabilities” at the European Parliament.
All four co-founders will be giving testimonies from disabled survivors, alongside TABÚ from Iceland and We Rise Again from Sweden. Our friend Eleanor Lisney from Sisters of Frida will also be speaking about structural barriers faced by victims of domestic violence.
This hearing, which is hosted by MEP Soraya Post, hopes to raise awareness of domestic abuse against disabled people and put the issue on the political agenda.
This event will be taking place on the 31st of January in Brussels.
Today is #GivingTuesday and we would like to encourage people to support our cause in one of the following ways:
- We appreciate all donations, no matter how small, to our GoFundME. We are a small voluntary-led organisation and are completely unfunded.
- We are looking for people to donate their time to help us write grants to secure funding. Please see our blog post to find out more.
- If you are a disabled survivor, you can share your story with us through our (re)Storytellers project. We use these stories to raise awareness of disabled survivors experiences.
- You can also retweet us and share our message, the more people that hear about us the more change we can make!
Why not tweet the following to show your support for DSU
Thank you for all your support.
We’ve been celebrating Anti-Bullying week across the UK. Here at Disabled Survivors Unite we are committed to ensuring the voices of disabled survivors are heard.
I experienced bullying myself during a number of points in my life and know the affect it can have on a person. The thing I most want people to understand is that there is no shame in having experienced bullying. It is not your fault, no matter how people may make you feel that it is.
Bullying can be a form of institutional abuse, and I want to hear more people talking about this, and what we can do to stop it. Whether you are at school and a teacher does not take your concerns seriously, or you feel that your carers and personal assistants try to silence you please know that DSU are here, and we will always listen.
This years Anti-Bullying Week theme is “power for good”. I pledge as an individual, and as a co-founder of DSU to use my voice, and any positions of power I hold for good. A huge part of that is amplifying disabled voices to ensure that we are never silenced.
If you have experienced bullying, there are a number of organisations you can contact. DSU will support you as a disabled survivor, but you can also contact the following organisations:
- Bullying UK supports those who have been bullied in a number of environments, including at school, at work and online.
- The National Bullying Helpline is a voluntary run helpline that assists people who have experienced bullying of all descriptions. They are open between 9 AM and 5 PM Monday to Saturday and will take urgent calls out of hours. You can contact them by calling 0845 22 55 787 or 07734 701221
- Childline has lots of advice on their website about what to do if you are bullied, and how to build your confidence after you have experienced bullying. Childline is a free service helping anyone in the UK under the age of 19. You can either phone, email or get support online.
If you would like to contact Disabled Survivors Unite please email us
Disabled Survivors Unite are looking for ambitious and enthusiastic disabled people to help us to write grants!
This role is voluntary, as is every position within the organisation. Work will be done remotely from home and hours are very flexible!
You will have a key role in ensuring we secure funding to achieve change for disabled survivors of abuse and sexual violence.
You will have experience in writing bids for Trusts and Foundations, preparing proposals, or fundraising.
You will have the ability to handle confidential information and work as part of a team.
This opportunity is open to anyone living in the UK.
For more information or to request an application form please email: email@example.com
Closing date: 28 February 2017
Co-Founder Holly Scott-Gardner was featured on today’s episode of Going Back Giving Back. Here she writes about her experiences with the show and what it means for DSU.
I’m sat at a table talking about my life. It’s not an experience I’m especially used to. I can stand in front of an audience and speak about blindness and the importance of independence, but somehow this feels different. I admit that I was bullied, I know it’s not really an admission; not something I need to hide, but it has always felt like a secret I should keep hidden deep inside of me. This isn’t just a conversation between two people. I am being filmed for a television show that thousands will see. I am giving my life story to the world because I have a message that I want everyone to hear. Disabled Survivors Unite is here, and we want you to know about us. Filming for Going Back Giving Back was an incredible experience. I can’t thank Michael enough for the support he has shown Disabled Survivors Unite and I look forward to us working with him in the future. The support he is providing us really is essential and will enable us to expand our existing work. If you would like to watch the episode, you can find it on BBC iPlayer.
This week I attended Campaign Bootcamp, an intensive residential training course for people to develop their campaigning skills. I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship from Campaign Bootcamp, without which I would not have been able to attend. Throughout the week we were trained by experts in strategy, social media, publicity, outreach, technology, and fundraising. We also put what we learnt into practice through interactive and immersive exercises.
The skills I learnt will undoubtedly be put to good use with the work Disabled Survivors Unite are doing. The intensity of the training has also prepared me for the realities of running campaigns and I feel much more confident as a result. In addition, it was a great opportunity to develop team skills and network with fellow Bootcampers, some of whom have expressed interest in working with DSU in the future.
The team behind Campaign Bootcamp went out of their way to make sure everything was accessible. I greatly look forward to working with them over the next year through their mentorship programme to continue improving on everything I’ve learned. All these skills will surely help Disabled Survivors Unite thrive as an organisation.
Content note: this post mentions sexual assault, rape, and suicide attempts.
You can read Ashley’s 30 Under 30 blog post here.