SENATE COMMUNITY AFFAIRS REFERENCES COMMITTEE
A coalition of peak disability advocacy groups renewed the campaign for a national inquiry by writing to the Prime Minister on 20 January 2015. The letter was endorsed by over 95 state and territory based disability organisations from around Australia, with over 11,000 signatories to a petition calling for an inquiry. In response, a group of Senators referred the matter on 11 February 2015, to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee (committee) for inquiry and report.
The committee finds that violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability is both widespread and takes many forms. According to the committee the evidence presented from people with disability, their families and advocates, showed that a root cause of violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability begins with the de-valuing of people with disability. This devaluing permeates the attitudes of individual disability workers, service delivery organisations and government systems designed to protect the rights of individuals.
Violence against women and disability-based violencecombine to increase the risk of violence against women with disabilities. The committee recognises the gendered dimensions of violence, neglect and abuse towards women with disabilities.
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