Disability abuse prevention - resources to build capacity

These resources have been developed to build the capacity of individuals, families and carers to identify and report abuse in disability services, and to support disability advocacy.

The following resources have been developed or funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to build the capacity of individuals, families and carers to identify and report abuse in disability services, and to support disability advocacy.

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  • Capacity building

    Staying Safe Project

    The Parliamentary Inquiry into abuse in disability services found that some people with a disability are not fully aware of their rights. The Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability (VALID) has developed a training package for people with a disability about identifying, preventing and responding to abuse. Further information can be found at the VALID website.

    Speak up and be Safe from Abuse

    People with Complex communication needs have been identified as facing disproportionate risk of abuse.

    SCOPE’s Communication and Inclusion Centre has developed tools and resources to assist people to identify and report abuse, which are critical to ensure people are able to speak up.

    The toolkit consists of a set of communication boards, a communication book, record sheets, posters and factsheets, most of which are available at the Scope Australia website

    Our right to respect

    Multiple inquiries have highlighted that women with a disability are more likely to be abused than women without disabilities.

    Women with Disabilities Victoria has developed and run a peer education program for women with disability that explores respectful relationships, experiences of being a women, as well as rights of women and people with disability.

    PEP Talks – Keeping children safe

    Family, friends and others close to people with a disability can provide an important layer of protection from abuse as natural supports.

    The Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) has developed online resources for parents and guardians of children with a disability to assist with choosing a service provider for their child, and supporting their child’s emotional, physical and sexual development, and to promote healthy and respectful relationships. These resources can be accessed at the ACD website

  • Advocacy

    Disability advocacy and self-help

    The department’s advocacy and self-help webpage provides links to disability advocacy organisations and contains information on the Disability Advocacy Innovation Fund on the DHHS Providers website.  

  • Sector wide reforms and initiatives

    Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme

    The expansion of the Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme (DWES) and how it works so that pre-employment screening occurs and unsuitable workers are excluded from the disability service sector workforce is outlined on the DHHS Service Providers website.

    Amendments to the Disability Act, including enhancement of the Disability Services Commissioner’s oversight powers

    The amended Disability Act embeds the principle of zero tolerance of abuse and neglect and strengthens the Disability Services Commissioner’s oversight of the disability sector. More information can be found on Safer services for people with a disability on this website.

  • Additional links

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