A dying mother wants the State Government to honour her final wish to have her autistic son moved from his Department of Human Services home, where he is being assaulted by other residents and left languishing in his room all day.
The Avondale Heights family has also accused the DHS of covering up the man's injuries in his Melton Community Residential Unit.
Mona Yassa says the behaviour and mental state of her 32-year-old son, David, who cannot speak, has deteriorated in the past two years after his day place was cancelled because of his difficult behaviour.
The Government intervened three years ago after intense lobbying by the family, ordering a care plan. But the plan has not been implemented and David takes no part in activities outside the home.
"David is worse and worse," Ms Yassa said. "Before he could go into the community, but now he is locked in the house and hits himself, hits things with his head and hits other people”
The family has photographed injuries that have occurred in the home including bite marks, deep bruising of his upper body and arms, wrist bruising from being pinched and bruising on his toes from being restrained.
David spent six weeks in hospital this year after suffering a spiral fracture to his leg when he tripped over a hole in the carpet. He was physically restrained at all times, unless his mother was visiting.
Doctors have told Ms Yassa she has two years to live, with cancer spreading in the past two years while she fought for her son.
"He's so afraid now to go back to the house, it breaks my heart and I'm afraid to keep him there," she said.
The DHS did not respond to allegations about the abuse, but acknowledged in a statement that David needed specialised accommodation and the department was trying to find him another home.
LISA Comment: There are many families with many concerns, too scared of intimidation to publicly raise these! This matters not, as this government department has a captive market.