Deakin Criminologists contribute to Victorian Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission public inquiry
Over the last 12 months, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) has been conducting a public inquiry into the barriers faced by people with a disability in reporting criminal victimisation.
The Inquiry aims to:
- identify the nature and extent of crimes against people with disabilities in Victoria
- understand what barriers people with disabilities face when reporting crime and gaining redress
- work with Victoria Police and other authorities to break down these barriers and provide better services to people with disabilities.
VEOHRC’s findings will be published in July and available from their website.
As part of this inquiry, two members of the Deakin Criminology team – Dr Nicole Asquith and PhD student, Ryan Thorneycroft – were invited to present evidence on disablist hate crime. In addition to presenting verbal evidence to the research committee, Ryan Thorneycroft was invited to add his Honours thesis (Disability Hate Crime, ‘Mate Crime’ and the 2006 Werribee Case) to the inquiry’s website to become a public resource on this issue.