16 – Freedom from exploitation, violence and abuse

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Violence or abuse in care settings or actually from ‘care’ providers, particularly in segregated institutions, is still a major problem in England today ; as the Inquiries into Winterbourne View and the death of Connor Sparrowhawk show. Between 47,410 and 54,430 disabled people experienced alleged abuse in temporary or permanent residential care, health, or supported accommodation, in addition to 42,590 alleged abuses in their own home. In response to the Winterbourne view case, the Department of Health planned to move 4,000 people with learning difficulties out of NHS campuses and long stay hospitals with more than 100 beds by 2010. This has not yet taken place. The failure of the state to investigate and prevent violence against disabled people in institutions and segregated residential settings amounts to a systematic violation of the CRPD over an extended period of time.

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