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Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities

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Abuse and Neglect of Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A Public Health Priority for the State of California

Protection and Advocacy, Inc. (2003), 59 pages
Report, written collaboratively by Protection and Advocacy, Inc., State Council on Developmental Disabilities, USC University Affiliated Program, and The Tarjan Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCLA, describing the nature and extent of abuse and neglect of persons with developmental disabilities and identifying the systemic issues underlying the increased risk for victimization of this population. Major findings and recommendations are presented and discussed.

Abuse of Children with Intellectual Disabilities

The Arc (2009), 3 pages
Overview examining the rate of victimization of children with intellectual disabilities, the vulnerability of such children to abuse, signs of abuse, and how to prevent abuse.

Assisting Victims and Witnesses with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System: A Curriculum for Law Enforcement Officers (with Trainer’s Guide)

Institute on Disabilities, Temple University (2002), 98 pages, $15
Training module providing law enforcement officers with a basic understanding of mental retardation and its impact on an individual’s ability to interact with criminal justice personnel. Training is designed to enhance an officer’s ability to respond more effectively to victims of crime, as well as witnesses and suspects, who have mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. Includes both knowledge and skill components.
Visit the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University for more information or to order.

Crime Victims with Developmental Disabilities: A Review Essay

Sage Publications (2001), 41 pages
Research article by Joan Petersilia summarizing research on crimes against children and adults with developmental disabilities. Includes an examination of the nature and scope of victimization, research regarding risk factors, the criminal justice response, and research and policy implications.

“I Spoke Out” Awareness Campaign

New York State Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Internal staff campaign, “I Spoke Out,” encourages OPWDD employees to report abuse and neglect. Poster and palm card available.

People with Intellectual Disabilities and Sexual Violence

The Arc (2009), 3 pages
Overview discussing why sexual violence is common among people with intellectual disabilities, risk factors, effects, available treatment, preventing sexual violence, and how to help a victim.