Everyone has the right to feel safe
Everyone has the right to feel safe. People with intellectual disability experience abuse and neglect at alarmingly high rates. As a health care professional, you’re sometimes required to speak up for someone who may not be able to speak for themselves.
Where to report abuse or neglect
National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline
Find the latest information to help manage online safety issues including abuse and violence.
Women with Disability Australia
The Women with Disability Australia (WWDA) website is about what violence is and how to get help if you need it.
Healthy Relationships and Sexuality: Information for people with Down syndrome and their families
This guide provides information about relationships. It can be used to start a conversation between people with Down syndrome and their families about relationships, sexuality, staying healthy, rights and consent.
All About Sex fact sheets
The Family Planning Network’s All About Sex is a series of fact sheets for people with intellectual disability and the people who support them. The fact sheets are easy to read and include illustrations to help people with intellectual disability learn about sexuality and relationships. The fact sheets cover a range of topics including bodies, relationships, sex, pregnancy and reproduction, sexual health and sexual assault.
Sexual health for people with cognitive disability and their families
Sexual Health Victoria has resources and information on sexual health for people with cognitive disability and their families.
Disability Support Toolkit – resources for frontline workers
The Disability Support Toolkit has resources for frontline workers supporting people with disability who have been impacted by violence and abuse.