Royal Commission Now

Royal Commission Now

People with disability need a Royal Commission now into violence, abuse and neglect in all settings.

People with Disability Australia and Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia), call on the Federal Government to reconsider its recent refusal to conduct a Royal Commission into violence and abuse of people with disability. Our call is supported by hundreds of community groups and academics from across Australia.

Only a Royal Commission has the weight, the investigative powers, the time and resources to open the doors to the many ‘closed’ institutions and residential environments, and expose Australia's shameful secret.

The main recommendation ...

People with disability need a Royal Commission now into violence, abuse and neglect in all settings.

People with Disability Australia and Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia), call on the Federal Government to reconsider its recent refusal to conduct a Royal Commission into violence and abuse of people with disability. Our call is supported by hundreds of community groups and academics from across Australia.

Only a Royal Commission has the weight, the investigative powers, the time and resources to open the doors to the many ‘closed’ institutions and residential environments, and expose Australia's shameful secret.

The main recommendation of the 2015 Senate Inquiry into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability was for a Royal Commission.

Key facts:

  • people with disability experience far higher rates of violence than the rest of the community;
  • women with disability experience higher rates of sexual assault than other women;
  • children with disability are three times more likely to experience abuse than other children
  • in many cases, people with disability experience violence in places where they are meant to be receiving support;
  • people with disability can’t always rely on the police for protection against violence;
  • people with disability are often treated as ‘unreliable witnesses’, or are not even permitted by law to provide testimony at all.

[Source: DPO Australia submission to the 2015 Senate Inquiry into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings, including the gender and age related dimensions, and the particular situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, and culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability.]

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Send an email to Prime Minister Scott Morrision, and Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher, to ask that they show leadership and hold a Royal Commission into the shocking rates of violence and abuse of people with disability.

 

 

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