Royal Commission

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Natalie Wade looking at the camera.We are pleased to announce that Natalie Wade from Equality Lawyers has been engaged as our Expert Advisor on the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Natalie will be providing updates on the Disability Royal Commission in coming weeks, so please check back regularly.

 

The Disability Royal Commission wants to hear from all Australians with disability about their experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.  There are a number of ways that you can tell your story to the Royal Commission.  You can do this by:

  1. attending a Community Forum
  2. attending a Hearing
  3. writing your story (putting in a submission)
  4. sending an email to the Commission, or ringing the Commission and telling your story.

Remember that you can contact the Royal Commission if you have a question, and you can visit their website at disability.royalcommission.gov.au which includes a Questions and answers page.

 

Disability Royal Commission

 You can watch the Royal Commission Hearings live at: https://webstreaming.lawinorder.com.au/drc

Transcripts of the proceedings are available on the DRC website:
  https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/hearings/Pages/transcripts.aspx

 

Support

During the Royal Commission, there will be confronting and disturbing stories in the media.  Sometimes words or images can cause sadness or distress, or trigger traumatic memories for people, particularly survivors of past abuse.  For some people, these responses can be overwhelming.

Blue Knot Foundation – Open 9 am to 6 pm weekdays or 9 am to 5 pm weekends AEDT.
Free counselling support from Blue Knot Foundation is available for people with disability, their families and carers, and anyone affected by the Disability Royal Commission.  You can call the Blue Knot Foundation for support for your emotional wellbeing and support for making choices about telling your story.

  • Call 1800 421 468 or 02 6146 1468
  • TTY (teletypewriter) users phone 133 677, then ask for 1800 421 468
  • If you require support in another language please use the free of charge Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) – Call TIL on 131 450 and ask to be connected to the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468.

Lifeline
You can also contact Lifeline if you need to talk to someone.  More information on Lifeline and their services is available here:  

  • Ring 13 11 14 for confidential telephone crisis support, available 24/7 from a landline, payphone or mobile.
  • TTY (teletypewriter) users call 133 677 then ask for 13 11 14
  • Lifeline is trialing a text service 0477 13 11 14 (available between 6.00pm – 10pm (AEST), 7 days a week).

Important: If you are currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or are concerned for your safety, please call 000 or contact Police.  TTY users can contact police on 106 directly through a TTY.