What is it?

We provide confidential, free counselling and support services for people affected by the Disability Royal Commission, including people with disability and their families and carers.

We are independent and separate from the Disability Royal Commission.

The Disability Royal Commission was established in April 2019 in response to community concern about widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of people with disability. These incidents might have happened recently or a long ago.

For further information about the Disability Royal Commission, follow this link.

Who is it for?

We can work with anyone who is affected by the Disability Royal Commission.

People may be impacted by the Disability Royal Commission in different ways, for example:

  • Thinking of making a submission to the Disability Royal Commission and would like emotional and practical support during this process
  • Having a disability and has experienced violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation
  • Having a family member with disability or caring for someone with disability, and is experiencing difficult feelings because of the royal commission etc.

How to make an appointment and ask for more information

We recognise that the burden of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is not equally distributed for members of different communities. We also understand that people with disability may be particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and may be more likely to experience violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation during this difficult time.

If you would like to discuss how we can support you, please get in touch with us:

Phone: (03) 9663 6733

Email: disabilitysupport@ds.org.au

Further information coming up:

We will continue to update our website, by adding accessibility information and developing easy read resources and information in different languages.

Please check out our website for regular updates.

For people requiring an interpreter, we can organise one for you.

Inviting expression of interest from family members (family of origin and/or chosen family), friends and carers of people with disabilities who have witnessed and/or experienced violence, neglect, abuse and/or exploitation to be part of a Co-Design Committee for the next 24 months.

Participants will assist in the ongoing co-design and delivery of:

  1. Trauma informed counselling and support services for people who have been affected by the Royal Commission.
  2. Establishing a collaborative network with other services providers, as well as disability-informed research and evaluation processes.
  3. Enhancing our ability to provide intersectional supports particularly to marginalised cohorts of people, such as First Nations People, People of Colour, LGBTIQA+ and rural or regional areas where service networks are smaller.
  4. Support and participate in evaluation processes as required.

For more information email: disabilitysupport@ds.org.au

Deadline: Wednesday 1st of July 2020.

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Inviting expression of interest from people with disabilities who are victim survivors of violence, neglect, abuse and/or exploitation to be part of a Co-Design Committee for the next 24 months.

Participants will assist in the ongoing co-design and delivery of:

  1. Trauma informed counselling and support services for people who have been affected by the Royal Commission.
  2. Establishing a collaborative network with other services providers, as well as disability-informed research and evaluation processes.
  3. Enhancing our ability to provide intersectional supports particularly to marginalised cohorts of people, such as First Nations People, People of Colour, LGBTIQA+ and rural or regional areas where service networks are smaller.
  4. Support and participate in evaluation processes as required.

For more information email: disabilitysupport@ds.org.au

Deadline: Wednesday 1st of July 2020.

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Inviting expression of interest from anyone working in the disability advocacy and/or support service sector to be part of a Co-Design Committee for the next 24 months.

Participants must have knowledge about, or interest in, people with disabilities who have lived experience of violence, abuse, neglect and/or exploitation.

Participants will assist in the ongoing co-design:

  1. Trauma informed counselling and support services for people who have been affected by the Royal Commission.
  2. Establishing a collaborative network with other services providers, as well as disability-informed research and evaluation processes.
  3. Enhancing our ability to provide intersectional supports particularly to marginalised cohorts of people, such as First Nations People, People of Colour, LGBTIQA+ and rural or regional areas where service networks are smaller.
  4. Support and participate in evaluation processes as required.

For more information email: disabilitysupport@ds.org.au

Deadline: Wednesday 1st of July 2020.

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