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An Open Letter to Colleen Hartland, Australian Greens

We’re Not Funded To Do That

In the disability sector, we’ve long since struggled with the issues of violence, neglect and abuse.

Traditional violence prevention and response services don’t do disability well.If you’re white, non disabled and living in a metropolitan area, you have a reasonable chance of accessing vital frontline services.But if you don’t fit that profile, you’re likely to be left – sometimes literally – out in the cold.

Disabled people who are experiencing violence and abuse often hear ‘we’re not funded to do that’.

We hear it from the disability service providers, whose core business is to care and support, not send victims or survivors of violence on endless referral roundabouts or to inaccessible dead ends. We hear it from the underfunded refuges and domestic and violence services, who deal with an endless queue of non disabled women and don’t believe that disabled people are their business. It’s long been a barrier to disabled people, especially those who are living in institutional settings and…

We’re Not Funded To Do That

In the disability sector, we’ve long since struggled with the issues of violence, neglect and abuse.


Traditional violence prevention and response services don’t do disability well.If you’re white, non disabled and living in a metropolitan area, you have a reasonable chance of accessing vital frontline services.But if you don’t fit that profile, you’re likely to be left – sometimes literally – out in the cold.


Disabled people who are experiencing violence and abuse often hear ‘we’re not funded to do that’.

We hear it from the disability service providers, whose core business is to care and support, not send victims or survivors of violence on endless referral roundabouts or to inaccessible dead ends.
We hear it from the underfunded refuges and domestic and violence services, who deal with an endless queue of non disabled women and don’t believe that disabled people are their business.
It’s long been a barrier to disabled people, especially those who are living in institutional settings an…