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NCJ Number: 162273 Find in a Library
Title: Invisible Victims: Crime and Abuse Against People With Learning Difficulties
Author(s): C Williams
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 154
Sponsoring Agency: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
London, N1 9JN, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1-85302-309-4
Sale Source: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
118 Pentonville Road
London, N1 9JN,
United Kingdom
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Crimes against persons with learning disabilities and other learning difficulties in the United Kingdom are examined with respect to their nature and scope; the current responses of the criminal justice system; and potential improvements in law and practice to achieve redress for victims through the police, courts, and alternative approaches.
Abstract: The victimization is discussed in the context of relevant legislation, because many common occurrences in the lives of people with learning disabilities are crimes rather than abuse or harassment. These victims often have histories of cumulative victimization in schools, in institutions, and in the community. However, the main perpetrator groups do not fit the usual perceptions of offenders. As a result, they have increased potential power over their victims, and much of the victimization is unrecognized. Although people with learning disabilities are their own main resource for prevention, professionals who work regularly with potential victims can also have important roles. Improvements are also needed in methods of reporting and mechanisms for achieving redress for victims with learning disabilities, so that they are no longer invisible victims. Examples of good practice in the United Kingdom and other countries, figures, appended training outlines for police and service providers, index, and 81 references
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Educationally disadvantaged persons; Innocent victims; Learning disabilities; United Kingdom (UK); Victims in foreign countries
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