Interagency Guideline for Addressing Violence, Neglect and Abuse (IGUANA)


IGUANA is a good practice guideline for organisations, staff members and volunteers working with adults who are at risk of violence, neglect or abuse.

The guideline was developed by the Victorian Office of the Public Advocate in collaboration with statutory agencies, family violence and sexual assault services, Victoria Police, and representatives from the disability and mental health sectors in Victoria. The guideline draws on national and international research and practice, as well as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

IGUANA clearly states what action should be taken if a situation involving violence, neglect or abuse is reported to, witnessed by, or suspected by a staff member or volunteer. Staff and volunteers should be aware that women with disabilities are more likely to experience violence than both men with disabilities and women in the general population.

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