​Understanding the experience of crime victims with disabilities and deaf victims

Author(s) Child, Beckie, Mary Oschwald, Mary Ann Curry, Rosemary B. Hughes and Laurie E. Powers
Title Understanding the experience of crime victims with disabilities and deaf victims
Source Journal of Policy Practice; 2011; Vol.10, No.4, pp247-267
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary In this paper the authors explore the experiences, perspectives and recommendations of persons with disabilities who had experienced interpersonal violence and had reported it to the police. In the study there were 52 participants with a range of disabilities including  mobility, mental health, cognitive, deaf, blind and speech who participated in focus groups. The participants identified barriers to reporting a crime such as disability identification and victim blaming. The participants also suggested a number of recommendations that would make it easier for people with disabilities to work with police and prosecutors such as giving appropriate communication support and giving victims time to talk. Increased disability sensitivity training for police officers and others in the justice system was also a strong recommendation.
Keywords Disability; IPV; interpersonal violence; reporting; law enforcement' communication.
Topic Disability