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Treatment Issues
Pages 57-62

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From page 57...
... The personal impact of maltreatment for a child or adult crime victim may depend on any of several important factors: the role of the perpetrator vis-a-vis the victim; the number of attacks; the response of the family and others to warning of the attack; and the time and choice for future activities allowed the victim. Because the perpetrator is most likely to be someone in a position of trust or perhaps of love with the victim with a disability, the closer the relation57
From page 58...
... . In addition, crime victims may run away; stop eating altogether; eat only certain foods or a certain type or consistency of food; refuse to change clothes, bathe, or wash hair; cut hair; become aggressive or sexualized; begin sexual self-stimulation or mutilation; acquire or request change in hair color, tattooing, piercing,
From page 59...
... Approximately 10 percent of crime victims request psychological assistance through this program. It may be that potential mental health clients are never informed of this option by law enforcement officials, or others responsible for informing crime victims of this program.
From page 60...
... Project Action services about 500 to 600 care providers a year across the state of Washington. ABUSE AWARENESS AND PERSONAL SAFETY PROGRAMS Baladerian notes that there appear to be few abuse awareness educational programs for people with developmental disabilities.
From page 61...
... The Police Bureau delivered the safety training to nearly 1,000 adults with disabilities and over 300 of their family members. The program evaluation demonstrates that, as a result of classes, students retained knowledge learned, made safer choices that may result in reduced victimization and criminal offending, and have improved relationships with police (the curriculum and evaluation are available at www.
From page 62...
... Baladerian noted that barriers to service delivery include lack of knowledge of the problem, lack of interest in the problem, lack of information on resources to gain skills, fear of additional administrative and fiscal responsibility, overwhelming workloads or overworked agencies, and a lack of understanding of the extent and impact of the problem. She suggested that facilitators of service delivery include free training to become ADA compliant, grants to make physical accessibility changes in the facility, additional finances for adding new populations to the client census, and opportunities to provide unique training and internship programs that offer the agency a way to distinguish itself from the other agencies and thus become a "gatekeeper" referral source.

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