In Australia, violence is a serious and widespread problem. Although violence affects people from all cultures, ages and socio-economic groups, the extent, nature and impacts of violence are not evenly distributed across people and communities. There is increasing recognition that some people may be at heightened risk including women with disability, young people with disability, as well as people with intellectual and psychosocial disability. There is very little data collected in Australia that specifically addresses issues of neglect and exploitation.

The historical omission of people with disability from national data collections, and the lack of up-to-date analyses where data on violence and disability are available, means there is limited empirical evidence to inform governments, institutions and the community about best practices in prevention and response. The current project addresses three key questions:

  1. What data are currently available about the extent and nature of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability in Australia?
  2. What are the limitations and gaps in the current Australian data and research landscape?
  3. What options are recommended to fill these key data gaps?
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