Share your client's stories with the disability royal commission

Share your client's stories with the disability royal commission

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

L–R: Your Story Disability Legal support lawyers Dayle Partridge and Michelle Bowler​
L–R: Your Story Disability Legal support lawyers Dayle Partridge and Michelle Bowler​

Your Story Disability Legal Support ('Your Story') empowers people with disability to safely share their story with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability which has been extended until September 2023. They also assist people with disabilities and their family members and supporters, and refer clients to disability advocates and counselling services.

The Victorian arm of Your Story is comprised of our lawyers, Michelle Bowler and Dayle Partridge.

Michelle is keen that as many people as posssible contribute to the commission as it will deliver multiple benefits.

'The commission was set up in response to widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability.

'People with disability and their supporters campaigned for the disability royal commission for a long time, and it will deliver recommendations to government to improve laws, policies, structures and practices to protect people with disability.

'Sharing your story with the commission is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help inform these recommendations, and can be done in a way that is safe and private.

'Lawyers, disability advocates and counsellors are all working together to support people when they are deciding when and how to share their story.

'Getting your story on the record can help to ‘draw a line in the sand’ for the ways people with disability have been mistreated, and if you choose to share your story, you will be treated with respect.

'Some people say that they don’t want what happened to them to happen to anyone else, and that after they tell their story they feel like a weight has been lifted,' said Michelle.

Some of the reasons people may need legal advice to safely share their story with the commission include:

  • they want to name a person or organisation in their story or submission
  • there is concern about retribution or payback that may impact on safety, access to services, employment or any other fundamental right
  • they want their story or submission, or parts of it, to be kept private. We can explain new legislative amendments to clients, and how the amendments improve the privacy protections available to people.

Referring clients to Your Story

If you have a client with a disability who has experienced violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation, or a family member or supporter who wants to share their story, they can access support through our national Infoline 1800 771 800 (free call, Monday to Friday, 9.15 am to 5 pm) or via the Your Story website.

You can also refer clients directly to us by email or phone:

More information

Learn how you can share your story and make a submission to the commission via Your Story Disability Legal Support.

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