Violence and abuse against disabled people at ‘epidemic’ proportions

December 03, 2021 at 3:22 PM

From the Human Rights Commission 

Alarming and disproportionate violence against disabled people in Aoteaora New Zealand has been documented in two new Human Rights Commission reports. 

The level of harm is of epidemic proportions, and Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero is labelling the violence against disabled people as a human rights failure. 

‘These reports provide, for the first time, an evidence base and graphic illustration of the violence and abuse suffered by tāngata whaikaha Māori and disabled people. They show a continued absence of effective responses to reduce its incidence. 

‘I commissioned these reports to shine the light on these long-standing serious issues and to offer Tiriti o Waitangi and human rights solutions to address them’. 

Category: Reports