Australian Cross Disability Alliance Submission To The Senate Inquiry Into Violence, Abuse And Neglect Against People With Disability In Institutional And Residential Settings

August 2015

This submission from the Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) provides an overview of the international human rights legislative framework relevant to the elimination of violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability. Data on the scope and prevalence of violence against minority groups is discussed before failures in legislation, policy frameworks, complaints mechanisms and the collection of data are identified for solution.

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  • Personal stories and testimonies (Accompanying document to Australian Cross Disability Alliance submission to Senate Inquiry into Violence, Abuse and Neglect against People with Disability in Institutional and Residential Settings).

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  • Opening statement to Senate Inquiry 

More than 65 yeas ago, Australia helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the international document that declares that human rights are universal – to which all human beings are entitled, no matter who they are or where they live. Read the case studies in the  opening statement from ACDA and ask whether the plight of our most vulnerable citizens and asylum seekers reflects a nation committed to our human rights obligations?