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The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Disability Royal Commission) continues this week with the second hearing in Melbourne, from Monday, December 2 to Friday, December 6, 2019.

This week’s hearing is examining the experiences of people with disability in group homes, a form of supported accommodation for up to six people with disability.

On Monday, the Commission heard testimony relating to people with disability experiencing sexual violence and abuse, both people with intellectual and physical disabilities, living in group homes. Further, people with disability and their families told the Commission they felt unsafe and had no control over their lives while living in group homes.

On Wednesday, Dr Patsie Frawley told the hearing that this model of supported accommodation should be dismantled and replaced with a model allowing people with disability to determine their own lives.

You can watch the live stream online below or previously recorded hearing days by using the Event posts button. The Livestream and recordings both have Auslan translations and closed captions.

Royal Commission Livestream:

Do you need support?

If the Disability Royal Commission has raised issues for you and you need support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Blue Knot Foundation’s National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468.

If you are currently experiencing any form of violence or abuse, or are concerned for your safety, call emergency services on 000.


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