The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has recently released its Interim Report, covering all findings from the first 15 months of hearings.
Drawing on findings from 7 public hearings, 9 issues papers and 6 research reports, the Interim Report identifies high rates of violence towards people with disability, with the most recent data showing ‘that almost 2.4 million people with disability aged 18–64 years (almost two in three) had experienced violence in their lifetime. In a 12-month period, people with disability are twice as likely as people without disability to experience violence.’
The Royal Commission is set to continue for approximately 17 more months.
Click below to view the report, available in various accessible formats:
If you are in need of legal services in relation to the Disability Royal Commission, a new website has been launched. This service is available to both staff and participants, and can be reached at 1800 771 800 during business hours.
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