By Paul Russell
Director of Hope Australia
A recent report from the state of Victoria (Australia) about the incidence of abuse of the elderly and disabled people in state-run facilities paints a disturbing picture of neglect and a lack of respect for people in care.
The Age article says that 'reports of abuse inside residential facilities and hospitals for the diabled and mentally ill surged 37% to 287 last financial year.'
The organisation known as 'Community Visitors' who look at such facilities on behalf of the Public Advocate cited physical attacks such as punching in the head and a broken leg amongst a litany of other concerns.