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NCJ Number: 213366 Add to Shopping cart 
Title: Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities
Series: OVC Videos
Author(s): Robyn G. Mercurio
Corporate Author: Video/Action
United States of America
Date Published: April 2007
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
OVC Resource Ctr
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Washington, DC 20007
Grant Number: 1999-VF-GX-0008
Sale Source: OVC Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|HTML (Disk 1 Transcript)|HTML (Disk 2 Transcript)|Video (Disk 1 WMV Video Clip)|Video (Disk 1 QuickTime Video Clip)|Video (Disk 2 WMV Video Clip)|Video (Disk 2 QuickTime Video Clip)
Agency Summary: 
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Film
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this DVD, crime victims with various disabilities and victim advocates who have worked with them in their case processing talk about the distinctive issues involved in serving disabled victims in the criminal justice system.
Abstract: The disabled victims featured in the DVD are a wheelchair-bound gunshot victim, a mentally retarded sexual assault victim, and a deaf sexual assault victim. The victim advocates who discuss these cases focus on the importance of having persons available in police agencies and prosecutor's offices who are trained in communicating and interacting with crime victims and witnesses with specific types of disabilities. An interview with the mentally retarded sexual assault victim illustrates the importance of listening carefully with patience to what the victim is saying and repeating it back to the victim for confirmation. Another victim advocate describes the work of an organization of deaf women who provide services to deaf women and children who have become crime victims. She notes the importance of having interpreters available as quickly as possible in order to relieve the deaf victim of the frustration and anxiety of attempting to communicate with a police officer without an interpreter. Another issue discussed is the reluctance of people with disabilities to report crimes, either because they may not know they have been victimized (may occur with mentally retarded victims) or because they are anxious about interacting with police officers who have little understanding of their disability. Victim advocates emphasize the importance of outreach to community organizations who work with people with various types of disabilities, so disabled persons will be informed about the victim services available to them should they become a crime victim. The DVD provides captions for the hearing impaired.
Main Term(s): Victim services training
Index Term(s): OVC grant-related documents; Persons with cognitive disabilities; Persons with Disabilities; Persons with physical disabilities; Victim reactions to crime; Victim reactions to the Criminal Justice System; Victim services
Note: DVD, 14 minutes
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