The U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics has released the first special report looking at the prevalence of violent crime against people with disabilities.
Here are some of the findings from the report:
Persons age 12 or older with disabilities experienced
approximately 716,000 nonfatal violent crimes and 2.3 mil-
lion property crimes in 2007 as measured by the National
Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). Nonfatal violent
crimes include rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated
assault, and simple assault. Property crimes include
household burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft.*
About one third (34%) of the crimes against persons with or
without a disability in 2007 were serious violent crimes
(rape/sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated assault). Per-
sons with disabilities were victims of about 47,000 rapes,
79,000 robberies, 114,000 aggravated assaults, and
476,000 simple assaults.
• Age-adjusted rate of nonfatal violent crime against
persons with disabilities was 1.5 times higher than the
rate for persons without disabilities.
• Persons with a disability had an age-adjusted rate of
rape or sexual assault that was more than twice the rate
for persons without a disability.
• Females with a disability had a higher victimization rate
than males with a disability; males had a higher rate
than females among those without a disability.
• Persons with a cognitive functioning disability had a
higher risk of violent victimization than persons with any
other type of disability.
• Persons with more than one type of disability accounted
for about 56% of all violent crime victimizations against
those with any disability.
Read the report here: Bureau of Statistics.