It is well documented that people with disability, especially girls and women with disability, are over-represented as victims of crime. People with disability are more likely to be victims of violence, fraud and sexual assault. They are also more likely to experience multiple episodes of all forms of abuse and neglect.
- August 2015 | Australian Cross Disability Alliance submission to the Senate Inquiry into Violence, Abuse and Neglect against People with Disability in Institutional and Residential Settings - Word or PDF
- August 2015 | Personal stories and testimonies (Accompanying document to Australian Cross Disability Alliance submission to Senate Inquiry into Violence, Abuse and Neglect against People with Disability in Institutional and Residential Settings) - Word or PDF
- August 2015| Australian Cross Disability Alliance opening statement to Senate Inquiry - Word
- June 2015 | Submission from more than 30 leading Australian academics regarding violence data, coordinated by PWDA and to the Senate Inquiry into Violence, Abuse and Neglect against People with Disability in Institutional and Residential Settings
- Curent - Senate Inquiry into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings
- March 2015 - Women with Disability and Domestic and Family Violence : Policy and Practice Guide
- November 2014 - Fact Sheet: Violence Against People With Disability in Institutions and Residential Settings
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
PWDA is one of eleven specialist organisations funded by the Australian Government to provide support to abuse survivors affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. PWDA will be supporting people with disability affected by the inquiry.
Sexual Assault in Disability and Aged Care (SADA) Project
The SADA Project was developed as a resource for residential disability and aged-care services to address the prevention and response to sexual assault in disability and aged care residential settings. It aims to provide information, tools and contact points for both managers and direct-care workers in these services.
Sterilisation of people with disability
Non-therapeutic sterilisation of persons with disability is a particularly egregious form of human rights abuse and one that impacts particularly on girls and women with disability. Comprehensive law reform is required to provide effective guarantees against such abuse.
Stop the Violence Project (STVP)
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is working with Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) and a research team from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to conduct the Stop the Violence Project – violence prevention and response for women and girls with disabilities.
- Accommodating Violence report Word 632kb | Accommodating Violence report PDF 760kb
- Rights Denied: Towards a national policy agenda about abuse, neglect and exploitation of persons with cognitive impairment Word 105MB
- Rights Denied: Towards a national policy agenda about abuse neglect and exploitation of persons with cognitive impairment PDF 1MB
Further Resources and Information
- 2011: Women, Disability and Violence: Strategies to Increase Physical and Programmatic Access to Victims' Services for Women with Disabilities by Dr. Lisa McClain, Boise State University, Idaho - word 198kb - pdf 336kb
- 2011: Violence Against Women with Disabilities. The International Network of Women with Disabilities - word 123kb - pdf 92kb
- 2010: The Victorian Ombudsman Investigation: Assault of a Disability Services Client by Department of Human Services Staff
- 2010: Violence against people with cognitive impairments. Office of the Public Advocate, Victoria
- 2008: Building the Evidence Report. Women with Disabilities Victoria
- 1988: Silent victims: A study of people with intellectual disabilities as victims of crime. Office of the Public Advocate, Victoria
- Women, Disability and Violence: Strategies to Increase Physical and Programmatic Access to Victims' Services for Women with Disabilities
- European Disability Forum: Violence Against Women - We want Further Action