Stop the Abuse: Election 2013 Policy – Six Ways to Stem the Tide

11 August 2013

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has called for a coordinated national effort to stamp out violence, abuse and neglect of people with disability and improve access to the justice system.

PWDA President Craig Wallace said, “Over the weekend our national social media forum tapped into people who had experienced rough justice, violence, abuse and neglect.”

“People like Marlon Noble experience rough justice and indefinite detention without conviction, yet authorities frequently do not investigate and prosecute violence and abuse against us. In 2011, a quarter of rape cases were against women with disability who are often restricted from using sexual assault and domestic violence services.”

“Australian law allows for non-therapeutic sterilisation of children with disability and sterilisation of adults with disability without consent.  There is no national framework on medieval seclusion, chemical, mechanical or physical restraint of people with disability.”

“1950s housing models like boarding houses, institutions and some group homes create havens for abusers, while moving people away from ways to contribute to community under DisabilityCare.

“Watchdogs like the Victorian Public Advocate report that abuse is rising and in some cases double what it was two years ago.  Unless we act now, the next Royal Commission and apology will be about abuse and disability.  We need a unified plan to turn the tide and I am today releasing PWDA’s election policy with six key planks combining prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership,” said Mr Wallace.

MEDIA: Craig Wallace 0413 135 731
WHERE: Craig will be at the ACOSS Election Statement Launch from
10am Mon 12 August 2013 at Parliament House in Canberra, Senate Courtyard
Phone: 02 9370 3100 Toll Free: 1800 422 015 Email:
People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a national disability rights and advocacy, non-profit, non-government organisation. We have a cross-disability focus, representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability and our membership is made up of people with disability and organisations mainly constituted by people with disability.
Our vision is of a socially just, accessible and inclusive community, in which the human rights, citizenship, contribution, potential and diversity of all people with disability are respected and celebrated.