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.
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.