The Australian Cross Disability Alliance (ACDA) is running a Facebook and Twitter campaign that aligns with the extensive ACDA submission to the 2015 Australian Government Senate Inquiry into Violence, Abuse and Neglect against People with Disability in Institutional and Residential Settings (access ACDA submission). Infographics and associated case vignettes are being released daily on Twitter and Facebook throughout the Senate Inquiry consultation period. Each infographic includes the #endtheviolence hashtag and a call to action for readers to urge their local MP or Senator to call for:
- A Royal Commission into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in Australia.
- An overhaul of the criminal justice system
- The establishment of an independent national statutory watchdog to protect, investigate and enforce findings regarding violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability.
The purpose of the End The Violence campaign is to draw attention to the range and forms of violence that people with disability continue to experience in Australia, drawing on case studies included in the Senate Inquiry submission. The campaign also aims to encourage individuals to contact their political representatives and provides an easy means to do so.
We encourage you to add your voice to the call by contacting your local MP. Visit the campaign website for more information.
Infographics and descriptions from the campaign are included in the gallery below.
Talking about crime can be a trigger for sad and upsetting experiences. If you feel like you need help you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit this website www.lifeline.org.au. You may also want to contact the National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline by calling 1800 880 052 – or the 1800 Respect service by calling 1800 737 732. The Tell Someone website may also be able to help you – click this link to visit it www.tellsomeone.org.au