Victims of crime with disabilities in Ireland: Hidden casualties in the 'vision of victim as everyman'

 

Author(s) Kilcommins, Shane and Mary Donnelly
Title Victims of crime with disabilities in Ireland: Hidden casualties in the 'vision of victim as everyman'
Source International Review of Victimology,published online June 2014, pp1-21
Date 2014
Document type Journal article
Coverage Ireland
Summary This article discusses victims in the Irish criminal process and their re-emergence in recent times as an important stakeholder in the centre of the process, although this only applies to those victims that fit the 'everyman' concept. Victims with disabilities continue to remain on the outside in areas such as policy, the adversarial process, the language used in courts, and service provision. In particular the challenges arising for victims with intellectual disabilities are considered. Victims with a cognitive impairment may have a difficulty with long term memory recall, with communicating information, and with cognitive overload or are vulnerable to questioning that invites suggestibility and compliance. At a strategic level victims of crime with disabilities are not identified as a specific victim group with particular needs and concerns among criminal justice agencies. Recommendations are made for better data collection and review of policy and service provision.
Keywords Disability; cognitive impairment; maginalisation; service delivery; Ireland
Topic Disability