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Abuse of people with disabilities

Nature and extent of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation against people with disability in Australia

This research report has been prepared by staff from the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health. The report explores data and information about the prevalence and experience of violence against, and abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.
Journal article

Physical violence and violent threats reported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability: cross sectional evidence from a nationally representative survey

This paper uses nationally representative data, and seeks to examine several questions about experiences of physical violence and violent threats reported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability.
Discussion paper

Safeguards and quality: issues paper

This paper asks the public to share their views about how people with disability experience safeguards, what promotes quality in services, and how these may prevent and reduce their exposure to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability: interim report

This interim report sets out what the Royal Commission has done in its first 15 months, the cut-off point being 31 July 2020. The report outlines how people with disability experience attitudinal, environmental, institutional and communication barriers to achieving inclusion within Australian society.

Examining language and vocabulary used by people living with disability

This report provides a final summary and analysis of findings from commissioned research to deliver a series of focus groups with people living with disability. The purpose of the focus groups was to explore the use of language with respect to violence, neglect, abuse and...

Something stronger: truth-telling on hurt and loss, strength and healing, from First Nations people with disability

The purpose of this research paper is to support engagement with the First Nations disability community that is considerate of their cultural values and beliefs on disability and inclusion, and acknowledges the unique traumas arising from their experiences of social isolation, inequality and discrimination.

Hierarchies of power: disability theories and models and their implications for violence against, and abuse, neglect, and exploitation of, people with disability

This report has been written to provide an overview of disability theories and models. It shows how these theories can contribute to the promotion of a more inclusive society that supports the independence of people with disability and their right to live free from violence...

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: shining a light on social transformation

Australia has not made adequate progress in achieving rights for people with disability since the onset of demands within its community 60 years ago, according to this paper by researchers from the University of NSW Social Policy Research Centre.

“He’s never coming back”: People with disabilities dying in Western Australia’s prisons

This report examines the cases of eight people with disabilities who died in custody in Western Australia between 2015 and 2020, six of whom were Aboriginal people.