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The Coronavirus (Covid19) pandemic has meant that typical face-to-face delivery of training and learning is now far more complicated, and in some circumstances, no longer a viable option. However, there remains a pressing need for the delivery of learning and support for women with learning disabilities, autism or both , on the topics of sexual safety, relationships and domestic violence and abuse (DVA). This is particularly the case considering recently emerging data, discussed in the next section, which point to a significant increase in the rates and incidence of DVA during periods of national quarantine or ‘lockdown’. An online peer-led program focused on relationships and DVA responds in part to this need in the absence of face-to-face provision . The development and delivery of an online learning offer for women with learning disabilities, autism or both in the context of the current pandemic, provides a unique opportunity to respond to two distinct but interrelated aims salient to the interests of this group. Namely, to create opportunities for education in this area, to increase participants’ understanding of relationships and DVA, as well those to improve their digital inclusion and participation. This entails equipping learners with the basic digital literacy skills to enable safe use of videoconferencing, social media and the internet.
Author(s): Wild J
Publication type: Report
Publication status: Published
Series Title: Research in Practice
Print publication date: 12/12/2020
Acceptance date: 12/12/2020
Institution: Dartington Trust
Place Published: Totnes