Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws - ALRC Inquiry


People with disabilities can face legal barriers when trying to access justice. Key issues that those people may face include communication barriers, difficulty accessing supports to participate in the legal system, issues giving instructions and exercising legal capacity  for litigation, costs for representation and misconceptions about people with disabilities. The situation is often compounded for women with a disability due to family and intimate partner violence.

Women with disabilities are more likely to experience family violence then then women without disabilities for a range of reasons including:

  • Dependence on others for care and support
  • Economic dependence
  • Social isolation
  • Limits in communication and language skills
  • Nature of the disability - such as the inability to physically escape the perpetrator

WLSA, in our submission, highlighted these concerns and provided recommendations to improve access to justice for women with disabilities. 

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Below is a list of supporting documents for this submission.

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ALRC Inquiry Submission http://www.wlsa.org.au/uploads/submission-resources/__name/ALRC_Inquiry_barriers_to_justice.pdf (http://www.wlsa.org.au/uploads/submission-resources/__size/ALRC_Inquiry_barriers_to_justice.pdf, http://www.wlsa.org.au/uploads/submission-resources/__extension/ALRC_Inquiry_barriers_to_justice.pdf)

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Link to download submission http://www.alrc.gov.au/sites/default/files/subs/70._org__womens_legal_services_collectively_coordinating_committee_of_womens_legal_services_australia_wlsa_-_see_others.doc