Domestic Violence Opens Us Up to Greater Vulnerability

Protection from the ideas euthanasia and assisted suicide can come from improving laws on domestic violence and the living conditions of people with disabilities.

It’s good to see that in this story from the local rag, a  group called Advocacy for Inclusion are recognising the potential harm that can arise from people with disabilities living in group homes, where a culture of violence may exist. Yet it is also a sign of the low regard society has for people with disabilities that such conditions have been allowed to fester, making people vulnerable.

Such a culture may increase the despair of residents in favour of euthanasia for themselves. Violence may also include coercion to self-harm, suicide or assisted suicide.

Results could be disastrous if laws supporting euthanasia were introduced into the present toxic context in the Australian Capital Territory (A.C.T.), where I live, but a wider definition of “domestic relationships”, in this case, might afford people with disabilities living in group homes greater security. The same breadth of definition, taken in another context, could allow people to influence others’s decisions when they actually have no right to do so


About Daniel

I am a man with a disability living in Canberra, Australia. I'm passionate about the lives of people with disabilities - our joys, achievements, sorrows and setbacks. I want to encourage the people who support and love us, and stand firmly against obstacles placed in our way that may even threaten our very existence.
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