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  NCJ Number: NCJ 213366  Add to Shoppping Cart  
  Title: Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities
  Document URL: HTML (Disk 1 Transcript) HTML (Disk 2 Transcript) 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): Robyn G. Mercurio
  Corporate Author: Video/Action
United States of America
  Date Published: 04/2007
  Page Count: 0
  Series: OVC Videos
  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): Persons with physical disabilities ; Persons with cognitive disabilities ; Victim services ; Persons with Disabilities ; Victim reactions to crime ; Victim reactions to the Criminal Justice System ; OVC grant-related documents
  Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 1999-VF-GX-0008
  Sale Source: OVC Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Instructional Material
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: DVD, 14 minutes
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