Editors Note: As the excerpt below says there is an accepted culture of violence against the disabled – it is almost the case that society believes a certain amount of violence is tolerable or at least cannot be avoided due to the behaviour of the disabled. The NDIS must consider this Royal Commission report very carefully when designing its quality and safeguards in relation to the delivery of services under the NDIS.

When asked earlier this week about the Government’s intended response to last year’s Senate Committee Inquiry that uncovered appalling instances of violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability, a spokeswoman for the Federal Social Services Minister said the Government was taking the inquiry’s findings and recommendations into account, as it developed a quality framework for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Getting this part of the NDIS right will be particularly important for women with disabilities, who experience family violence at higher rates than those in the general community.

As outlined below by Keran Howe and Jen Hargrave from Women with Disabilities Victoria, there is now another excellent source of advice for the Minister and his team. The Royal Commission into Family Violence which recently brought down its findings, made recommendations that the authors believe, if taken up, will be “game changers”.

Keran Howe and Jen Hargrave write:

Women with Disabilities Victoria welcomes the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence which were handed down recently.  The Commission noted that there is ‘a disturbing culture of acceptance of violence against people with disabilities’.

People with disabilities are recognised as being at higher risk of family violence by both the Commission’s report and the NDIS consultations. The report notes strategies to improve disability workers’ understanding of violence, enhance family violence supports, and remove the barriers to housing.


Training disability workforces for women’s safety

The Commission’s path to change the violence-accepting culture it identifies is to educate NDIS staff and other disability workers…

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