Exploitation of People with Disability receives more than 1,000 personal stories

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Experiences is critical to work of the Royal Commission, say experts

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has thanked the many Australians who have already shared their stories and experiences.

As at 30 June, the Royal Commission has received 1,141 submissions, 47% have been from people with disability; 41% from family members; and 16% from advocates or paid support workers.

Hearing directly from people with disability, their families, advocates, and the wider disability community is critical to the work of the Royal Commission.

Every submission helps build a better understanding of the extent and impact of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability in Australia.

These contributions will help bring about the transformational change needed to achieve a more inclusive society.

The Royal Commission has now launched an animation to help raise awareness about the many different ways people can share their story—by phone, email, via the website or by making a video or audio recording.

People can make a submission and share their story in any language. We can provide interpreters and translators.

In the submissions received so far, people have shared their experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation across a range of settings including the health and medical system, in schools, in group homes and other accommodation.

In recent months, many people have shared their experiences about the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Terms of Reference of the Royal Commission ask that we look at the particular experiences of First Nations people with disability and people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

As well as making a submissions, people can apply for a private session, in a confidential setting with a Commissioner. The Royal Commission has had almost 400 requests for private sessions.

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