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We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in securing funding to provide a free and independent service to support people affected by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Commission).

This Commission, which was announced in April 2019, is investigating the mistreatment of people with disability in Australia. Its role is to examine all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation and the places where these things occur, such as in homes, services or in the community. The Commission will also consider what can be done to stop these things happening, including how to make it easier to report a problem, and have it investigated and resolved.

Our new Counselling and Support - For People Affected by the Disability Royal Commission will provide:

  • Information about the Commission;
  • Support in deciding whether to make a submission, and how;
  • Counselling support;
  • Information around the impacts of trauma, and skills and strategies to manage these;
  • Information and help to access other services if required; and
  • Access to interpreting and cultural translation services, if needed, to use our service.

The service is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and was announced in a media release from the Department of Social Services on 29 November 2019. The media release is available on the Department’s website at

The service will commence on Monday 9 December 2019.

The service will be accessible through a dedicated phone number and email address:

Information on the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is available on the Royal Commission website. Visit


Relationships Australia Victoria is one of the two organisations in Victoria providing a Counselling and Support Service for People Affected by the Royal Commission. drummond street services is the other organisation.

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