Nature and extent of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability in Australia

Project Details

With the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability underway, there is an urgent need for contemporary estimates of the nature and extent of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation against people with disability in Australia. This work is particularly important as misinformation on the prevalence of violence is promulgated. Up-to-date, accurate information is important for the Royal Commission as well as policy makers and the general public.

This project will summarise estimates of the prevalence of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation where available against people with disability in Australia. This summary will be presented in a plain-language, policy-relevant format. It will include a brief summary about the current limitations of existing data including what is not known about experiences of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation for people with disability.

Using a range of data sources (e.g., Personal Safety Survey; Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA survey); Australian Longitudinal Study on Men’s Health (Ten to Men) and Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children (LSAC), our analyses will:

  • provide current estimates of the prevalence of violence for people with disability
  • describe prevalence of all types of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation (where available) for people with different impairment types and severity of disability
  • describe the prevalence and nature of violence and abuse by age and gender
  • identify the different settings (e.g., home, public, schools, workplace) of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation where data is available

Researchers

Dr Georgina Sutherland, Disability and Health Unit, University of Melbourne
Professor Anne Kavanagh, Disability and Health Unit, University of Melbourne
Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Centre for Disability Research and Policy,  University of Sydney
Dr Sean Byars, Disability and Health Unit, University of Melbourne
Ms Lauren Krnjacki, Disability and Health Unit, University of Melbourne
Ms Anne-Marie Bollier,  Disability and Health Unit, University of Melbourne
Ms Jen Hargrave, Women with disabilities Victoria and University of Melbourne

Collaborators

Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH)

Funding

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


School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care



Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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