As the Disability Royal Commission is collecting evidence and individual stories about the Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of people living with disabilities. The Commission’s goal is to gather as much information as possible to make much needed changes to our communities and services for people with a disability.
Advocacy support is for people living with disabilities or their carers and loved ones who would like help to tell their stories to the Royal Commission.
An advocate will help you understand how the Disability Royal Commission works and how to tell your story in a way that is safe for you. They can help you work out problems and organise the supports you might need to do this important task.
To get help from Grampians disAbility Advocacy phone 1800 552 272
If you would like to speak to an Indigenous advocate phone 1800 978 544
GdA’s Indigenous advocate recently worked with Ballarat Elder Lisa Sansbury to produce a video encouraging First Nations People to seek support from an advocate to tell their story of Abuse, Neglect, Violence and Neglect to the Disability Royal Commission.
Click this link to view the 15 minute video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/VsrGWQvDZIM
The Disability Royal Commission is providing free legal advice through the Your Story National Legal Advisory Service and free counselling through the Blue Knot Foundation. GdA’s advocates can help you access either or both of these to help you through the process.
The Disability Royal Commission 1800 517 199
The Blue Knot Foundation 1800 421 468
The National Legal Advisory service can be contacted on 1800 77 1800