Monday, 30 November 2015

What now: responses to abuse and neglect reports

We count what matters, and violence against people with disability matters
Anne Kavanagh and Sally Robinson, The Conversation, 27th November 2015
The Senate inquiry into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability heard many horrific stories of violence experienced by adults and children with disability. They experience violence at the hands of intimate partners, parents, informal carers, service providers, teachers, medical professionals, co-residents in institutional settings, and others ...

(The photograph at the top of this article is of Jackie Softly, 
long-standing member of Down Syndrome Western Australia, 
and national advocate.)

The abuse of people with disability is a national shame that we're ignoring
Rachel Siewert, The Guardian, 26th November 2015
Right now there is a national shame hanging over our communities regarding treatment of people with disability in Australia. We would like to think that the notion of widespread violence, abuse and awful mistreatment would disgust the broader community and prompt us into action ...

Damning disability abuse report uses ACT death as warning
Christopher Knaus, Judith Ireland and Rachel Browne, The Canberra Times, 26th November 2015
A damning report on the neglect and abuse of people with a disability has used the choking death of Canberra woman Stephanie Fry to warn of the dangers of staff turnover and the increasing reliance on casual support workers ...

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