2021 Submission: Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
Developed in conjunction with Dr Morag MacSween, our submission to the Royal Commission focuses on the experience of people with disability in relation to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation caused by family and relationship violence. This intersection is too often invisible in public debate.
Conducted by Dr Morag MacSween, this rapid evidence assessment summarises existing data about family and intimate partner violence against women with disability, concluding that current policy and service responses are overwhelmingly inadequate.
These findings were used to inform Engender Equality's submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
We strongly endorse the development of a legislative framework to uphold children's safety in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – however, to be meaningful, the Bill must include measures that ensure it is applied consistently and transparently by Government and non-Government agencies alike.
As the Tasmanian community emerges from the severe restrictions of the early pandemic response Engender Equality anticipates complex ongoing impacts for victim-survivors of family, domestic and sexual violence.
In this submission Engender Equality addresses a wide breadth of issues pertinent to our clients’ immediate experiences and our own organisational learnings.
This safety plan can be used to help people consider practical steps they can take to improve their safety. The best way to use this tool is with the help of a specialist support service. If you would like support with making a safety plan, please call Engender Equality 6278 9090, 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or through 1800RESPECT's online chat service:
Achieving gender equity is about addressing the inequalities in access to basic human rights. It’s about embracing and welcoming the many experiences, genders and identities that are not properly recognised by our mainstream policies and systems and adjusting our social systems to be authentically inclusive.
This booklet is designed to help you think about love, intimacy and respectful relationships. It is designed to support conversations and encourage a greater awareness of relationship safety.
This amendments proposed in the Religious Discrimination Bill work against the national framework for the prevention of violence against women by allowing for statements that condone violence against women, limit female independence, and reinforce negative gender stereotypes
Engender Equality's submission in support of the #letherspeak campaign. Engender advocates for changes to the Evidence Act (Tas) to allow sexual assault survivors to speak about their experience when and how they like to. Shame about sex and sexuality, which extends to sexual assault, is a burden that women have carried for many thousands of years and it is a shame that needs to be abolished. The wide spread experience of shame enables sexual assault perpetrators to target women and if the law can support community initiatives to annihilate this experience then it must do so vigorously.