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.

See also

  • Capacity building

    Freedom from abuse and neglect

    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 and Staying safe resources for people with a disability about identifying, preventing and responding to abuse. These resources will be available soon on the 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 Resource 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's Speak up and be safe from abuse webpage

    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 Our right to safety and respect guidelines and accompanying video, for developing resources with women with disabilities and about safety from violence and abuse. These good practice guidelines focus on resources for women with disabilities to support them to recognise abuse, understand their rights and identify options for support.

    Say NO to abuse

    Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC) has developed Say NO to abuse information resources to increase understanding and awareness of rights to be free from abuse, and how to recognise and report abuse for people with disabilities from culturally and linguistically divers communities.

    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

    Providing personal care – easy English factsheet

    This factsheet explains about providing personal care to people with a disability in easy English. For more information, see Providing personal care - easy English factsheet (Word).


  • 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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