ADA Australia Launch of My Rights QLD: A new on-line information tool and much-needed resource for people with disability

ADA Australia Launches My Rights QLD On April 9, ADA Australia, in partnership with Legal Aid Queensland, launched My Rights Qld: a free online tool providing information for Queenslanders with disability. My Rights Qld is a simple, one-stop-shop for information that supports people to better understand and exercise their rights. It covers a wide range of…

Minister calls in administrators on ‘incompetent’ disability home where patient was abused

Minister calls in administrators on ‘incompetent’ disability home where patient was abused By Miki Perkins & Neelima Choahan 10 April 2018 — 6:40pm, The Age Newspaper A state-funded disability home where at least one resident was sexually and physically abused multiple times – despite his parents’ pleas he be protected – will be placed into administration.…

Landmark report reveals a woman dies every week due to Australia’s domestic violence crisis

Landmark report reveals a woman dies every week due to Australia’s domestic violence crisis   The extent of Australia’s family, domestic and sexual violence crisis has been revealed in a landmark report that details the death toll and increasing generational impacts of the issue. So far today police in Australia would have dealt with on average 470 domestic…

Women, disability and domestic violence

Women, Disability and Domestic Violence At a time when the world is coming to grips with the #metoo movement and re-evaluating responses to sexual violence and harassment, women with a disability are among the most vulnerable. The statistics are shocking: women with a disability are 40 per cent more likely to experience domestic violence than…

The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About – Article published by National Public Radio in United States

The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About January 8, 2018 5:00 AM ET Heard on All Things Considered Written by  JOSEPH SHAPIRO Editor’s note: This report includes graphic and disturbing descriptions of assault. Pauline wants to tell her story — about that night in the basement, about the boys and about the abuse she wanted to stop….. To…

It’s time to start listening: Understanding Intellectual Disability and Mental Health – Project Open Doors

It’s time to start listening: Understanding Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Concerns are rising that people with an intellectual disability experiencing mental health issues are being overlooked by medical practitioners, police officers and society in general as their needs for support and understanding are misinterpreted. Some people who have an intellectual disability are also experiencing…

Challenging misconceptions about sexual offending: Creating an evidence‑based resource for police and legal practitioners

Article available: Challenging misconceptions about sexual offending: Creating an evidence‑based resource for police and legal practitioners   Reports of sexual offences crimes have increased over the last six years (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2016) . Despite the prevalence of sexual offending in our communities, there is a lack of understanding about these crimes . Myths and…

Amendment of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009

Amendment of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009 Victim Assist Queensland supports victims of violence to access services and financial assistance. The amended Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009 (PDF, 1MB)  (VOCAA) commenced 1 July 2017. The purpose of the changes is to ensure that government and non-government agencies provide an increasingly effective response to…