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Disability RC to hear of gendered violence

Almost half of all women with a disability will experience physical violence during their lives, according to data to be presented at the Disability Royal Commission hearings in Hobart this week.

According to the figures, 48 per cent will experience physical violence – higher than the rate for women without disability, at 27 per cent.

Two in five women with disability have also experienced emotionally abusive, harassing and controlling behaviours from current or former partners.

Survivors of family, domestic and sexual violence will give evidence to the hearings over five days starting on Monday.

Earlier in the royal commission’s investigation into violence against women and girls with disability, Senior Counsel Assisting Kate Eastman SC said social change is needed to solve the problem.

“Prevention requires a recognition of the drivers of violence … It requires a change in society’s attitudes and the norms that shape the context in which violence occurs,’ she said.

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