The Australian Government has recently finalised the beginning of public consultation on the draft Terms of Reference for a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
You can find out more for now on the Department of Social Services (DSS) website.
Women with Disabilities Victoria welcomes this decision.We hope 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.
There will be opportunities to share your story once the Royal Commission is set up.
We know that multiple Royal Commissions running at the same time might be confusing for many people. If you have ideas about how we can make the information easier to understand and more accessible, please let us know.
This Royal Commission deals with issues that may be confronting and upsetting. It might trigger traumatic memories for people, particularly for women with disabilities who have experienced violence or abuse.
National Counselling and Referral Services – delivered by the Blue Knot Foundation on behalf of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability are now available
The Counselling and Referral Service offers free counselling support for people with disability, their families and carers, and anyone affected by the Disability Royal Commission.
Additional services for the deaf, hard of hearing and/or the speech impaired, as well as those who require support in another language, are also available.
Visit the Department of Social Services website to discover more information about these new services and their contact details.
Please remember that if you are currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or are concerned for your safety, call 000 or contact Police.
If you or a family member need immediate help or counselling, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.