Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service

The Commission website provides comprehensive information about the aims and role of the Commission and options for providing a submission: https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/.

Legal Rights

Prior to making a submission, it is recommended that legal advice is sought to ensure the legal rights of the participants are acknowledged.  Your Story Disability Legal Support provide free legal advice:  https://yourstorydisabilitylegal.org.au/Home.

Counselling support

Sharing stories can sometimes result in traumatic emotional responses and memories, the Commission recommend that participants exercise self-care.  Speaking with friends, family, GP or more formal support services is recommended.  Participants are also able to access free counselling by contacting the Blue Knot Foundation https://www.blueknot.org.au/ or calling the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468.  You can get support for –

  • Your emotional wellbeing
  • For making choices about telling your story
  • Information on other practical supports available to you

Relationships Australia – Victoria also provides ongoing counselling and support to people who are affected by the Disability Royal Commission including people living with a disability, their families, friends, carers, allies and support workers.  You can contact Relationships Australia-Victoria on 1800 317 387.

Additional information regarding the Disability Royal Commission can also be found on their website https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/, alternatively you can call Villamanta’s Disability Royal Commission Advocate, Sue Wolter, on 0401 438 481.

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