Submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Given our central position in the Victorian family violence system, we are well placed to provide insights into the unique and complex experience of family violence for people with disabilities and the barriers victim-survivors face accessing support and safety.

Family violence includes violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of victim-survivors with disabilities that occurs within the context of family, domestic, intimate and ‘family-like’ relationships, including violence perpetrated by a carer (paid or unpaid).

The content of this submission draws on the practice wisdom and expertise of our member services who work with victim-survivors of family violence and current research and evidence examining the experiences of victim-survivors of family violence with disabilities. We highlight key issues and themes that emerged during the consultations with our members and following a review of available research/evidence.

Download the submission.