A public consultation on the draft terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has been announced. The online survey is asking you for your thoughts about what should be included in the Royal Commission. The survey will be available online from Wednesday, 13 March to Thursday, 28 March 2019. There is support, if you need, to complete the survey. You can contact the Survey Hotline on 1800 880 052 Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm AEST or your disability advocate for support and advice.

As the survey is requires you to step through each stage, we have summarised some of the questions that are in the survey to help you. Before you do the survey, have a think about:

  • What themes are the most important for the Royal Commission to look at?
  • Should it look into violence and abuse in all settings? Are some settings more of a priority than others?
  • Should it look at all forms of violence and abuse?
  • What support would people need to participate in the Royal Commission?

Some things you might be interested in urging the Royal Commission to focus on, as a woman with disabilities, is ensuring the Royal Commission takes a gender sensitive approach to its work.

If you would like to discuss or provide your thoughts to Women with Disabilities Victoria about what issues are important to you for the Royal Commission, or would like support from us in formulating your responses, you can send an email to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Royal Commission’.”

Link: https://engage.dss.gov.au/royal-commission-into-violence-abuse-neglect-and-exploitation-of-people-with-disability/