Responding to crime victims with disabilities: the perspective of law enforcement                

 

 

Author(s) Hughes, Rosemary B, Curry, Mary Ann, Oschwald, Mary, Child, Beckie, Lund, Emily M, Sullivan Michael J, and Laurie R. Powers
Title Responding to crime victims with disabilities: the perspective of law enforcement
Source Journal of Policy Practice, 2011, Vol. 10, Issue 3, pp 185-205
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study examines the barriers for recognising and reporting violence against people with disabilities and recommend areas of improvement. Focus groups were held with 25 law enforcement officers, including patrol officers, investigators, and city and county officers. Analysis of the interview data resulted in 17 themes which were then organised into four categories: situational context; multiple challenges; difficulties investigation and prosecution difficulties, and ways to improve current practice and policies. A key finding was that most officers reported that the most effective way to remove barriers, particularly in regards to reporting to police, was to build effective informal relationships between the police and the disability community.
Keywords Disability; reporting; community;
Topic

Disability