End Violence Against People with Disability

Today in Parliament, Abigail gave notice of a motion calling on the NSW Government to enforce an action plan to end violence against people living with disability.

Abigail said:

I give notice that on the next sitting day I will move:

(1) That this House notes that on 7 September 2023, Children and Young People with Disability Australia, Disability Advocacy Network Australia, First Peoples Disability Network Australia, Inclusion Australia, National Ethnic Disability Alliance, People with Disability Australia, and Women with Disabilities Australia launched the “End the Violence” campaign, a cross-organisation action plan to end violence against people with disability, which: 

  • outlines some of the urgent actions government can take to demonstrate their commitment to people with disability, 
  • notes that violence, harassment and abuse affects people with disability at a far higher rate than people without disability, is significantly underreported by people with disability, and that this abuse often is perpetrated through health and disability services, dealing with government organisations and engaging with the criminal justice system,
  • notes that urgent and widespread government action is needed to ensure that people with disability are able to live with dignity and safety in their everyday lives and when accessing services and supports, 
  • calls for system reform to ensure accessible, responsive and accountable protocols and procedures to investigate, respond to and act on instances of violence, harassment and abuse,
  • calls for funding for frontline support to make sure people with disability are aware of their rights and supported to take action and report violence, harassment and abuse when it happens to them, and 
  • calls for programs to be established to tackle the sources of violence and address the practices that allow this systematic violence to occur.

(2) That this House calls on the NSW Government to enforce this action plan and support the calls to action in full.

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