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.