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Disability Abuse Royal Commission finally underway

Australian Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John celebrates after the passing of the motion on the Disability Abuse Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is now underway.

Statistics show Australians living with a cognitive disability are around 10 times more likely to experience violence than people without disability, and three times more likely to be assaulted and sexually assaulted.

Around 20 per cent of Australian women living with a disability also report a history of unwanted sex, compared to eight per cent of women without disability.

Earlier this month, a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare showed 47 per cent of people living with disabilities experienced violence in 2017-18, compared to 36 per cent of those living without.

Disability rights advocates say Australians should expect to hear horrific stories during the Disability Royal Commission proceedings.

But a growing number of other advocates say they may boycott the long-awaited three year inquiry over perceived conflicts of interest.

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