Although violent crime in the United States has declined over the past five years, certain groups appear to remain at disproportionately high risk for violent victimization. In the United States, people with developmental disabilities—such as mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and severe learning disabilities may be included in this group. While the scientific evidence is scanty, a handful of studies from the United States, Canada, Australia, and Great Britain consistently find high rates of violence and abuse affecting people with these kinds of disabilities.
National Research Council. 2001. Crime Victims with Developmental Disabilities: Report of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/10042.
|Nature and Extent||5-21|
|Risk Factors for People with Disabilities||22-31|
|Criminal Justice System Responses||41-56|
|Research Needs: Statement by the Workshop Chair||63-67|
|Appendix: Workshop Materials||81-92|
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