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Despite the high rate of crime estimated to be committed against people with disabilities, many victim assistance agencies report that they rarely serve crime victims from this population, not because they don’t exist, but because acts and that acts of physical aggression, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes against persons with disabilities often go unreported. This suggests both an opportunity for raising awareness of victim services as well as the need to make those services more accessible to people with disabilities. OVC works to improve services to crime victims with disabilities through demonstration projects, national training and technical assistance initiatives, and conference support, and by developing various publications, online resources, and tools to help providers assist this population.

 

The following resources are designed to promote awareness of the issues faced by crime victims with disabilities and to improve each community’s capacity to better serve them.


OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

OVC Report to the Nation 2013, Fiscal Years 2011-2012: Transforming Today's Vision into Tomorrow's Reality (June 2013) OVC, Report, 0 pages, NCJ 242598.
OVC's Report to the Nation summarizes the progress made in upholding crime victims' rights and providing high-quality services to victims, survivors, and communities during fiscal years 2011−2012. The online report highlights innovative programs and victim-centered initiatives, summarizes financial support to states and U.S. territories, and provides insight into OVC's strategic efforts to address both emerging and enduring challenges in order to expand and enhance victim assistance throughout the Nation.
Abstract | HTML
 
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957.
The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
Outreach to Underserved Teen Victims of Crime (2012) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 40 pages, NCJ 238800.
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the National Center for Victims of Crime (National Center), with funding from OVC, produced this guidebook and accompanying Web-based resources to provide an overview of the challenges faced in conducting outreach to underserved teen victims of crime. The materials highlight examples of the various projects and resources developed and implemented in local communities through the Underserved Teen Victims Initiative.
Abstract | PDF
 
Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims with Disabilities: State-Level Replication Guide (September 2012) OVC, Electronic Document, 1 pages, NCJ 239107.
This guide describes the Building Partnerships for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities Initiative (BPI), which uses a prosecution-based multidisciplinary team approach to address abuse committed against persons with disabilities. A community-level guide also is available.
Abstract | HTML (State Replication Guide) | HTML (Replication Guide Set)
 
Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims with Disabilities: Community-Level Replication Guide (September 2012) OVC, Electronic Document, 10 pages, NCJ 239108.
This guide walks you through a seven-step model to improve your community's capacity to respond to crime victims with disabilities. Every step in the model is designed to change your response to crime victims with disabilities permanently. A state-level guide also is available.
Abstract | HTML (Community Replication Guide) | HTML (Replication Guide Set)
 

OJP Publications

Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2012 - Statistical Tables (February 2014) BJS, 24 pages, NCJ 244525.
This report presents estimates of nonfatal violent victimization (rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault) against persons age 12 or older with disabilities from 2009 to 2012. The report compares the victimization of persons with and without disabilities living in noninstitutionalized households, including distributions by age, race, sex, victims' types of disabilities, and other victim characteristics.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Hate Crime Victimization, 2004-2012 - Statistical Tables (February 2014) BJS, BJS Technical Reports, 15 pages, NCJ 244409.
This report presents counts and rates of hate crime victimization in 2012, using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey. The tables show change in the number and rate of hate crime victimizations since 2011 and during the 10-year period since 2003. They examine the perceived motivation for the hate crime, demographic characteristics of victims and offenders, and the percentage of hate crime reported to police.

Part Of the BJS Technical Reports Series Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Understanding the Needs of the Victims of Sexual Assault in the Deaf Community (October 2005) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 115 pages, NCJ 212867.
This study sought the opinions of service providers for deaf sexual assault victims and the views of members of the deaf community, in order to identify service gaps for these victims and how law enforcement agencies can be a more effective resource for them.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Despite the high rate of crime estimated to be committed against people with disabilities, many victim assistance agencies report that they rarely serve crime victims from this population, not because they don’t exist, but because acts and that acts of physical aggression, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes against persons with disabilities often go unreported. This suggests both an opportunity for raising awareness of victim services as well as the need to make those services more accessible to people with disabilities. OVC works to improve services to crime victims with disabilities through demonstration projects, national training and technical assistance initiatives, and conference support, and by developing various publications, online resources, and tools to help providers assist this population.

 

The following resources are designed to promote awareness of the issues faced by crime victims with disabilities and to improve each community’s capacity to better serve them.


Despite the high rate of crime estimated to be committed against people with disabilities, many victim assistance agencies report that they rarely serve crime victims from this population, not because they don’t exist, but because acts and that acts of physical aggression, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes against persons with disabilities often go unreported. This suggests both an opportunity for raising awareness of victim services as well as the need to make those services more accessible to people with disabilities. OVC works to improve services to crime victims with disabilities through demonstration projects, national training and technical assistance initiatives, and conference support, and by developing various publications, online resources, and tools to help providers assist this population.

 

The following resources are designed to promote awareness of the issues faced by crime victims with disabilities and to improve each community’s capacity to better serve them.


Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Sep 27 2013 at 2:00PM, Nancy Alterio, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission, and Mary Counihan, President of the National Adult Protective Services Association, hosted a discussion on Responding to Older Crime Victims with Disabilities

On May 23 2012 at 2:00PM, Marcie Davis, Chief Executive Officer of Davis Innovations, and Shell Schwartz, Training Manager for Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) of SafePlace, hosted a discussion on Expanding Services for Crime Victims with Disabilities

On Dec 16 2010 at 2:00PM, Carole Warshaw, MD, Director of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, and Jennie Barr, PhD, Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services, hosted a discussion on Serving Crime Victims with Mental Illness

On Mar 11 2010 at 2:00PM, Leslie Myers, Disability Abuse Response Team Program Manager, and Dan Petersen, Associate Dean and Professor at Washburn University, hosted a discussion on Ensuring Rights for Crime Victims with Disabilities

On Jul 22 2009 at 2:00PM, Heather Kamper, LMSW, is a Training Specialist for Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) of SafePlace, hosted a discussion on Addressing Sexual Violence Against Individuals with Disabilities

Despite the high rate of crime estimated to be committed against people with disabilities, many victim assistance agencies report that they rarely serve crime victims from this population, not because they don’t exist, but because acts and that acts of physical aggression, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes against persons with disabilities often go unreported. This suggests both an opportunity for raising awareness of victim services as well as the need to make those services more accessible to people with disabilities. OVC works to improve services to crime victims with disabilities through demonstration projects, national training and technical assistance initiatives, and conference support, and by developing various publications, online resources, and tools to help providers assist this population.

 

The following resources are designed to promote awareness of the issues faced by crime victims with disabilities and to improve each community’s capacity to better serve them.


How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities, NCJ 213366?
The Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities DVD, NCJ 213366, can be ordered through the Shopping Car... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, Victims with Disabilities: A Forensic Interview-Training Techniques for Interviewing Victims with Communication or Cognitive Disabilities Training Kit, NCJ 234678?
The Victims with Disabilities: A Forensic Interview-Training Techniques for Interviewing Victims wit... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, First Response to Victims of Crime, NCJ 211619?
The First Response to Victims of Crime DVD, NCJ 211619, can be ordered through the Shopping Cart sec... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) First Response to Victims of Crime Guidebook, NCJ 231171?
The First Response to Victims of Crime: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement Officers, NCJ 231171, which ... Read More

How should law enforcement respond to crime victims with disabilities?
Information on police response to victims with disabilities is available in Victims with Disabilitie... Read More

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Despite the high rate of crime estimated to be committed against people with disabilities, many victim assistance agencies report that they rarely serve crime victims from this population, not because they don’t exist, but because acts and that acts of physical aggression, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes against persons with disabilities often go unreported. This suggests both an opportunity for raising awareness of victim services as well as the need to make those services more accessible to people with disabilities. OVC works to improve services to crime victims with disabilities through demonstration projects, national training and technical assistance initiatives, and conference support, and by developing various publications, online resources, and tools to help providers assist this population.

 

The following resources are designed to promote awareness of the issues faced by crime victims with disabilities and to improve each community’s capacity to better serve them.


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Despite the high rate of crime estimated to be committed against people with disabilities, many victim assistance agencies report that they rarely serve crime victims from this population, not because they don’t exist, but because acts and that acts of physical aggression, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes against persons with disabilities often go unreported. This suggests both an opportunity for raising awareness of victim services as well as the need to make those services more accessible to people with disabilities. OVC works to improve services to crime victims with disabilities through demonstration projects, national training and technical assistance initiatives, and conference support, and by developing various publications, online resources, and tools to help providers assist this population.

 

The following resources are designed to promote awareness of the issues faced by crime victims with disabilities and to improve each community’s capacity to better serve them.


Publications

OVC and OVC-Sponsored Publications

OVC Report to the Nation 2013, Fiscal Years 2011-2012: Transforming Today's Vision into Tomorrow's Reality (June 2013) OVC, Report, 0 pages, NCJ 242598. OVC's Report to the Nation summarizes the progress made in upholding crime victims' rights and providing high-quality services to victims, survivors, and communities during fiscal years 2011−2012. The online report highlights innovative programs and victim-centered initiatives, summarizes financial support to states and U.S. territories, and provides insight into OVC's strategic efforts to address both emerging and enduring challenges in order to expand and enhance victim assistance throughout the Nation.
Abstract | HTML
 
Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (May 2013) OVC, Report, 63 pages, NCJ 239957. The Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative was launched by OVC in fall 2010 to expand the vision and impact of the crime victim assistance field. This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. The Final Report outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Abstract | PDF (Full Report) | PDF (Summary & Recommendations) | PDF (At a Glance Fact Sheet)
 
Outreach to Underserved Teen Victims of Crime (2012) OVC-Sponsored, Grant, 40 pages, NCJ 238800. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the National Center for Victims of Crime (National Center), with funding from OVC, produced this guidebook and accompanying Web-based resources to provide an overview of the challenges faced in conducting outreach to underserved teen victims of crime. The materials highlight examples of the various projects and resources developed and implemented in local communities through the Underserved Teen Victims Initiative.
Abstract | PDF
 
Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims with Disabilities: State-Level Replication Guide (September 2012) OVC, Electronic Document, 1 pages, NCJ 239107. This guide describes the Building Partnerships for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities Initiative (BPI), which uses a prosecution-based multidisciplinary team approach to address abuse committed against persons with disabilities. A community-level guide also is available.
Abstract | HTML (State Replication Guide) | HTML (Replication Guide Set)
 
Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims with Disabilities: Community-Level Replication Guide (September 2012) OVC, Electronic Document, 10 pages, NCJ 239108. This guide walks you through a seven-step model to improve your community's capacity to respond to crime victims with disabilities. Every step in the model is designed to change your response to crime victims with disabilities permanently. A state-level guide also is available.
Abstract | HTML (Community Replication Guide) | HTML (Replication Guide Set)
 

OJP Publications

Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2012 - Statistical Tables (February 2014) BJS, 24 pages, NCJ 244525. This report presents estimates of nonfatal violent victimization (rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault) against persons age 12 or older with disabilities from 2009 to 2012. The report compares the victimization of persons with and without disabilities living in noninstitutionalized households, including distributions by age, race, sex, victims' types of disabilities, and other victim characteristics.
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Hate Crime Victimization, 2004-2012 - Statistical Tables (February 2014) BJS, BJS Technical Reports, 15 pages, NCJ 244409. This report presents counts and rates of hate crime victimization in 2012, using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey. The tables show change in the number and rate of hate crime victimizations since 2011 and during the 10-year period since 2003. They examine the perceived motivation for the hate crime, demographic characteristics of victims and offenders, and the percentage of hate crime reported to police.
Part Of the BJS Technical Reports Series
Abstract | PDF | TEXT
 
Understanding the Needs of the Victims of Sexual Assault in the Deaf Community (October 2005) NIJ-Sponsored, Grant, 115 pages, NCJ 212867. This study sought the opinions of service providers for deaf sexual assault victims and the views of members of the deaf community, in order to identify service gaps for these victims and how law enforcement agencies can be a more effective resource for them.
Abstract | PDF
 

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Related Resources

Federal Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; updates on new ADA requirements; and the ADA Information Line: 800-514-0301 (voice) 800-514-0383 (TDD/TTY).
 
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
Sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs, NCJRS offers information on victimology and victim assistance, criminal justice, juvenile justice, information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. NCJRS supplies the victim services field with resources, publications, and program information. The NCJRS library collection includes more than 30,000 resources relevant to the field.
 

Non-Governmental Resources

Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS)
ADWAS provides comprehensive services to deaf and deaf-blind victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.
 
Center for Public Representation
The Center for Public Representation seeks to improve the quality of lives of people with mental illness and other disabilities through the systemic enforcement of their legal rights while promoting improvements in services for citizens with disabilities.
 
Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
CDF represents America's children, particularly low-income, minority, and disabled children. CDF goals are to educate the Nation regarding the needs of children and to encourage preventive investments in children.
 
Violence & Injury Prevention Program and Disability (VIP)
An aspect of the World Health Organization, VIP works to prevent injuries and violence, mitigate their consequences, and enhance the quality of life for persons with disabilities irrespective of the causes.
 

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Web Forum Discussions

Each month the Nation's experts answer your questions about best practices in victim services. Below are upcoming and most recent session discussions in this topic:

On Sep 27 2013 at 2:00PM, Nancy Alterio, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission, and Mary Counihan, President of the National Adult Protective Services Association, hosted a discussion on Responding to Older Crime Victims with Disabilities

On May 23 2012 at 2:00PM, Marcie Davis, Chief Executive Officer of Davis Innovations, and Shell Schwartz, Training Manager for Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) of SafePlace, hosted a discussion on Expanding Services for Crime Victims with Disabilities

On Dec 16 2010 at 2:00PM, Carole Warshaw, MD, Director of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, and Jennie Barr, PhD, Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services, hosted a discussion on Serving Crime Victims with Mental Illness

On Mar 11 2010 at 2:00PM, Leslie Myers, Disability Abuse Response Team Program Manager, and Dan Petersen, Associate Dean and Professor at Washburn University, hosted a discussion on Ensuring Rights for Crime Victims with Disabilities

On Jul 22 2009 at 2:00PM, Heather Kamper, LMSW, is a Training Specialist for Disability Services ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program) of SafePlace, hosted a discussion on Addressing Sexual Violence Against Individuals with Disabilities


FAQs

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities, NCJ 213366?
The Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities DVD, NCJ 213366, can be ordered through the Shopping Car... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, Victims with Disabilities: A Forensic Interview-Training Techniques for Interviewing Victims with Communication or Cognitive Disabilities Training Kit, NCJ 234678?
The Victims with Disabilities: A Forensic Interview-Training Techniques for Interviewing Victims wit... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) DVD, First Response to Victims of Crime, NCJ 211619?
The First Response to Victims of Crime DVD, NCJ 211619, can be ordered through the Shopping Cart sec... Read More

How can I order the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) First Response to Victims of Crime Guidebook, NCJ 231171?
The First Response to Victims of Crime: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement Officers, NCJ 231171, which ... Read More

How should law enforcement respond to crime victims with disabilities?
Information on police response to victims with disabilities is available in Victims with Disabilitie... Read More

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Funding

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National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events
Upcoming Event(s)
10th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women
Dallas, TX
03/16/2015-03/18/2015

National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence
Washington, DC
03/19/2015-03/21/2015

2015 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Campus Responses
New Orleans, LA
04/07/2015-04/09/2015

Online Directory of Crime Victims Services.