Disability Scoop, a news Website on developmental disabilities, summarized the findings of the Justice Department report in an article by Shaun Heasley, 7/18/17.
- People with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be victims of violent crime, according to new federal data.
- Moreover, this population faced three times the odds of the most serious violent crimes like rape, sexual assault, robbery or aggravated assault.
- Among people with disabilities, the agency found that individuals with cognitive issues were most likely to be targeted.
- In 40 percent of cases, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that individuals with disabilities who were victimized knew the perpetrator compared to just 32 percent of people without disabilities.
- Men and women with disabilities faced similar odds of victimization, according to the data.
- The report indicated that 1 out of 5 crime victims in this population are believed to have been targeted because of their disability.
Additional estimates in the DOJ report show crime rates against people in different segments of the disability population. Those with cognitive and multiple disabilities were generally more likely to be victimized:
- During 2011-15, persons with cognitive disabilities has the highest rates of total violent crime (57.9 per 1,000), serious violent crime (22.3 per 1,000), and simple assault (35.6 per 1,000) among the disability types measured.
- During 2011-15, while 49% of persons with disabilities had multiple disability types..., an estimated 54% of violence against persons with disabilities occurred against those with multiple disability types.
- Sixty-five percent of rapes or sexual assaults against persons with disabilities were committed against those with multiple disability types, the highest percentage among the crime types examined.