Disability Royal Commission
The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disabilities started in April 2019 and will run until 29 September 2023.
A Royal Commission is an investigation into a matter of great importance. It has the power to hold public hearings, call witnesses under oath, and compel evidence. A Royal Commission makes recommendations about what should be changed in their reports to the government.
Women with Disabilities Victoria hopes to see a greater community awareness of the gendered nature of violence and abuse women with disabilities experience as a result of this Royal Commission.
How to make a submission.
Anyone can make a submission to the Disability Royal Commission.
If you have experienced or witnessed violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation of people with disability, in any setting, you have a right to be heard by the Disability Royal Commission.
Confidential submissions about any topic can be submitted to the royal commission any time before 31 December 2022. To speak to a Commissioner in a private session, you need to register by 30 June 2022.
More information about how to make a submission can be found on the official Disability Royal Commission website.
Where to find support
The Disability Royal Commission has a national, free counselling and referral service, delivered by the Blue Knot Foundation.
The service is available for people with disability, families and carers, and anyone affected by the Disability Royal Commission.
The service operates between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday and between 9am and 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
You can call the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468 or 02 6146 1468.
Your Story Disability Legal Support empowers people with disability to safely share their story with the Disability Royal Commission and connect with local support services.
They work in partnership with communities to deliver a person centred, trauma-informed and culturally safe legal service.
They can be contacted on 1800 771 800 or via their online form.
If you are in immediate danger, call 000 for emergency services. If you are experiencing, or have experienced, violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation, you can find more information about services available here.