Violence against people with disabilities in institutions: stronger controls

The German Bundestag has passed a ‘participation-strengthening law’ to allow children, young people and people with disabilities greater social integration. There is now a violence protection clause in the German social legislation. This means that women, in particular, are better protected when dwelling in state and charity institutions.

The CDU, Greens and SPD also voted for a ‘child and youth empowerment law’ that provides for greater control of institutions. Finally, it is now possible for children to remain in foster families.

According to the NGO ‘Aktion Mensch’, people with disabilities often complain that society does not understand them. “Burdens” occur in state institutions, for example. There are also difficulties with professional necessities and mobility. ‘Aktion Mensch’ questioned over 1000 people with severe disabilities.

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