People with disabilities who are victimized have added challenges that need to be addressed:

  • Isolation: Our society often segregates persons with disabilities through physical and social isolation, with institutionalization representing the extreme.
  • Physical Accessibility: In many instances, crime victims with disabilities do not have physical access to services.
  • Attitudinal Accessibility: Attitudes toward the person with a disability is as important as physical accessibility.
  • The physically disabled have adaptive capabilities that are enhanced by necessary resources.
  • Underreporting of the Crime: Victims can be limited in their ability to report a crime.
  • Limited Advocacy: Service providers can have limitations of training and resources to assist.

 

Crime Victims with Disabilities

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