Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:10

Disabled living in fear - As published in The Herald Sun, 7 August 2014

CAN you imagine being abused by the very person charged with the responsibility of supporting you? Research by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission found because these abuses occur behind closed doors, seeking help or safety is not an option for many. Fear of not being believed, of retribution, or concern that supports will be withdrawn, are not unusual for people with disabilities.

I welcome the Government’s acceptance of our recommendation to establish a Disability Worker Exclusion List (“Register to reject rogues”, HS, Aug 5). This will initially only cover residential services. Given that abuse can occur in a variety of settings, the Commission calls for this scheme to be expanded so all people with disabilities have equal protection.

Kate Jenkins
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner

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