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NCJ Number: 231328 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Against People with Disabilities, 2008
Series: BJS Special Reports
Author(s): Erika Harrell, Ph.D.; Michael R. Rand
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: December 2010
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
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Type: Statistics
Format: Document - Designates non-commercial publications, such as Government and gray literature reports.
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on data obtained from the 2008 National Crime Victimization Survey, this report presents statistical tables on the victimization experiences of persons with disabilities, including comparisons to the victimization of persons without disabilities, comparisons by types of disabilities, victim characteristics, and crime characteristics.
Abstract: This report defines disability as a “sensory, physical, mental, or emotional condition lasting 6 months or longer that makes it difficult for a person to perform activities of daily living.” Adjusting for the varied age distributions of persons with and without disabilities, the violent-crime rate against persons with disabilities was 40 violent crimes per 1,000 persons age 12 or older, which was double the violent-crime rate for persons without disabilities. Among persons with disabilities, females had a higher risk of violent crime than males in 2008. Among the types of disabilities measured in 2008, persons with cognitive disabilities had the highest risk of violent victimization. No statistically significant difference emerged by type of disability in the rate of rape or sexual assault or in the rate of aggravated assault against persons with disabilities. Persons with a cognitive disability had higher rates of robbery and simple assault than persons with other types of disabilities. Hispanics with disabilities (42 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older) were more likely to experience a violent crime than Hispanics with disabilities. Approximately 15 percent of violent-crime victims with disabilities said that they suspected they had been targeted due to their disabilities. Household burglary composed a higher percentage of all property crime against households with persons with a disability (25 percent) than against households without persons with disabilities (19 percent). Tables
Main Term(s): Crime Statistics
Index Term(s): Discrimination against disabled persons; Learning disabilities; Persons with cognitive disabilities; Persons with Disabilities; Persons with physical disabilities; Victimization risk; Victimization surveys
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