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Public hearing 17: The experience of women and girls with disability with a particular focus on family, domestic and sexual violence (Part 1)

The Royal Commission will commence this hearing with a two day online hearing on 13 and 14 October 2021.

Public hearing 17 of the Royal Commission will focus on the experience of women and girls with disability with a particular focus on family, domestic and sexual violence. This will be the first hearing of the Royal Commission to focus the experiences of women and girls with disability.

This hearing was scheduled to be held in person in Hobart commencing on 13 October for 5 days. With the ongoing COVID -19 situation and travel restrictions, the Royal Commission will commence this hearing with a two day online hearing on 13 and 14 October 2021. The second part of the hearing will resume in person in Hobart in early 2022, to hear directly from women and girls with disability who wish to tell the Royal Commission about their personal experiences. 

On 14 October 2021, Commissioners will also hear about the experiences of people with disability who identify as being members of the lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse, intersex, queer, asexual and questioning (L(G)BTIQA+) community who will participate in a session. This session will be closed to the public and will not be streamed on our website.

The scope and purpose of this hearing is inquire into:

  • The nature and extent of violence and abuse of women and girls with disability in family and domestic settings
  • The nature and extent of violence and abuse of people with disability who identify as L(G)BTQIA+ in family and domestic settings
  • Issues concerning the respect for the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls with disability
  • The nature and extent of services to support women and girls with disability who experience violence and abuse in family and domestic settings, including gaps in specific services to support people with disability
  • The role of advocates and support for women and girls with disability and people with disability who identify of the L(G)BTQIA+ community who experience sexual violence and abuse in relationships, family and domestic settings
  • The gaps in the legal protection for people with disability who experience violence and abuse in relationships, family and domestic settings

The hearing will be streamed live on the homepage of our website.

Anyone who believes they have a direct and substantial interest in the subject of this additional day of hearing, as outlined in Practice Guideline 6, is able to make an application for leave to appear by 5.00pm, Tuesday, 12 October 2021.