Working Alongside People with Intellectual and Learning Disabilities

Better Response Needed for Disability Abuse Survivors

7 September 2015

Marilyn Hetreles, The Wire


Trigger warning: this report discusses sexual violence. Kobie Hicks is a survivor of childhood sexual assault who spoke out at a forum at Parliament House today about how the justice system responds to people with disability who have experienced child sexual abuse. The forum was held in response to findings of the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that children with disability experience much higher levels of abuse than their peers, and are often ignored and dismissed by police when reporting their abuse. Advocacy groups including People With Disability Australia are calling for change to ensure all people reporting domestic abuse receive a respectful and adequate justice response.


To listen to Kobie's interview click here:


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Kobie Hicks – survivor of domestic violence in out of home care
Dr Jess Cadwallader – Violence Prevention Advocacy Project Manager at People With Disability Australia (PWDA)


If you feel like you need help you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14, the National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline on 1800 880 052, or the 1800 Respect service on 1800 737 732.