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The Royal Commission into the abuse suffered by people with disability is supported by Melba Support Services

The Royal Commission into the abuse suffered by people with disability is supported by Melba Support Services

The long-awaited motion in support of a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse and neglect experienced by people with disability was passed by federal parliament this week. 

Melba Support Services, alongside many organisations in the disability sector, will strongly support the Royal Commission’s important work.

“The abuse and neglect of people with disability is completely shameful and totally unacceptable,” said Glenn Foard, CEO, Melba Support Services.

“We must have zero tolerance for abuse and other violations of individuals’ rights.”

“The Commission will, I hope, provide a comprehensive and independent review into systemic issues of abuse. It will give a voice to many people with a disability, and a much-needed platform for these survivors to share their heartbreaking stories,” said Mr Foard.

“I look forward to the Royal Commission making important recommendations on reform, policy, and practice to address repeated and systemic issues of violence, abuse and neglect.”

“To do its work well, the Commission must be appropriately-resourced and ensure that people with disability are supported to participate and tell their stories.”

“The terms of reference should be determined in close consultation with people with disability, and their families and their advocates,” added Mr Foard.

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