Wednesday, November 18, 2009

National Reports: First Study on Crime Against People with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics has released the first special report looking at the prevalence of violent crime against people with disabilities.  

Here are some of the findings from the report:

Persons age 12 or older with disabilities experienced 
approximately 716,000 nonfatal violent crimes and 2.3 mil- 
lion property crimes in 2007 as measured by the National 
Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). Nonfatal violent 
crimes include rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated 
assault, and simple assault. Property crimes include 
household burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft.* 
About one third (34%) of the crimes against persons with or 
without a disability in 2007 were serious violent crimes 
(rape/sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated assault). Per- 
sons with disabilities were victims of about 47,000 rapes, 
79,000 robberies, 114,000 aggravated assaults, and 
476,000 simple assaults. 

• Age-adjusted rate of nonfatal violent crime against 
persons with disabilities was 1.5 times higher than the 
rate for persons without disabilities. 
• Persons with a disability had an age-adjusted rate of 
rape or sexual assault that was more than twice the rate 
for persons without a disability. 
• Females with a disability had a higher victimization rate 
than males with a disability; males had a higher rate 
than females among those without a disability. 
• Persons with a cognitive functioning disability had a 
higher risk of violent victimization than persons with any 
other type of disability. 
• Persons with more than one type of disability accounted 
for about 56% of all violent crime victimizations against 
those with any disability.

Read the report here: Bureau of Statistics.

1 comment:

Advocate4Me said...

Remember the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". I find unfortunately that with most vulnerable members of society are that VULNERABLE. It does happen, people get hurt and the vulnerable members of society such as the elderly, disabled, special needs children etc; are a bigger target for victimization.