This study examined effects of impairments in physical and mental health on the risk of intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization in a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults. A total of 34,563 adults completed interviews in two waves of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Physical and mental health impairments, as well as IPV victimization, were assessed using validated surveys in the total sample and by gender. In the total sample, physical health impairments at Wave 1 and mental health impairments at Wave 1 were significantly associated with higher risk of IPV victimization at Wave 2, compared with those without reported impairments. Higher risk of later IPV victimization was also seen among females who reported physical health impairments and mental health impairments compared with those who did not report similar limitations. Among males, higher risk of IPV victimization was significantly associated with mental health impairments, compared with those without mental health impairments. Adults with physical and mental health impairments may benefit from targeted interventions aimed at preventing IPV.
This focus group study identified methods and techniques to improve the criminal justice system's response to crime victims with disabilities. Twenty-five city and county law enforcement officers from two northwestern settings participated in focus groups. A police officer co-facilitated the groups. Results indicate increased vulnerability of people with disabilities and explain barriers law enforcement faces in its service to crime victims with disabilities. Researchers, the disability community, and law enforcement need to work together to develop and implement efficient, effective, and realistic methods to improve the response of the criminal justice system to the victimization of people with disabilities.
Interpersonal violence is a serious problem for adults with disabilities. The purpose of this study was to understand experiences of crime victims with disabilities and barriers they faced when reporting crime. Fifty-two adults with disabilities whose interpersonal violence was reported to law enforcement participated in focus groups investigating their experiences and recommendations. Participants identified barriers and improvement strategies related to disability identification and disclosure, victim involvement and blaming, credibility and misunderstandings, communication challenges, and accommodations. Barriers exist for people with disabilities navigating the criminal justice system. A need for improved understanding between the disability community and law enforcement was noted.
This is the first national survey of its kind -- one that focuses on incidents of, response to, and attitudes about, abuse or crime victimization of children and adults with disabilities.
Some 7,289 people took the online survey during May through October 2012. In addition to 1,249 people with disabilities, 2,501 of their family members, and 1,106 administrators of agencies that provide services to people with disabilities, the survey was also taken by 1,234 advocates. Hundreds of protective services workers, therapists, and law enforcement personnel also responded to the survey.
The survey obtained information about actual incidents of abuse as well as the attitudes of respondents regarding the effectiveness, or not, of official responses to such victimization.
Presents estimates of nonfatal violent victimization (rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault) against persons age 12 or older with disabilities from 2009 to 2012. Findings are based on the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The report compares the victimization of persons with and without disabilities living in noninstitutionalized households, including distributions by age, race, sex, victims' types of disabilities, and other victim characteristics. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) and the 2000 U.S. Standard Population were used to estimate age-adjusted victimization rates.
The Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention will reduce bullying abuse in schools and in the community by contributing knowledge and providing evidence-based tools to effectively change the language, attitudes, and behaviors of educators, parents, students, and society.
Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo, 428 Baldy Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1000
No single factor puts a child at risk of being bullied or bullying others. Bullying can happen anywhere—cities, suburbs, or rural towns. Depending on the environment, some groups—such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT) youth, youth with disabilities, and socially isolated youth—may be at an increased risk of being bullied. This resource guide provides links to organizations, programs, publications, and resources focused on bullying prevention.
The Family Justice Center provides free services for domestic violence victims and their children through an extensive collaboration with 13 partner agencies, all located at one secured, comfortable location, where victims can get all the services they need to safely escape abuse.
237 Main Street, 14th Floor Buffalo, NY 14203
Orchard Park Satellite: 4383 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park, NY 14127
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday & Friday)
Amherst Satellite: 330 North Forest, Amherst, NY 14221
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday)
The Justice Center is committed to supporting and protecting the health, safety, and dignity of all people with special needs and disabilities through advocacy of their civil rights, prevention of mistreatment, and investigation of all allegations of abuse and neglect so that appropriate actions are taken.
Report Abuse: 1-855-373-2122
In 2007, OVC awarded funds to two grantees to adapt and replicate their innovative, multidisciplinary response models that serve crime victims with disabilities. The replication guides in this set—one statewide and one community based—are the products of this 3-year project.
StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
The StopBullying.gov coordinates closely with the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Steering Committee, an interagency effort led by the Department of Education that works to coordinate policy, research, and communications on bullying topics. The Federal Partners include representatives from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, the Interior, and Justice, as well as the Federal Trade Commission and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
People with I/DD are sexually assaulted at seven times the rate of people without disabilities. Talk About Sexual Violence gives healthcare professionals the tools they need to have simple, direct, and honest conversations with their patients about an all too common experience faced by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) – sexual violence.
VAT Online is a foundational Web-based victim assistance training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and knowledge they need to more effectively assist victims of crime.
This is a fact sheet for parents - What does a school have to do when a child with a disability is being bullied? Does it matter if a child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan? Where can I go for help?
Bullying can come in many different forms. Sometimes, mean kids bother others on the playground, on the bus, or in the halls at school. You might run into a bully in the lunchroom or in a quiet corner of the library. Bullies also are mean to people online on social media sites, in email, and in text messages. But no one is allowed to bully others at any time or in any place. If you have a problem with a bully or you see someone else struggling with one, always tell an adult to get help. Teachers, parents, and other adults will step in to stop the abuse.
Protection and advocacy agencies (P&As) are federally mandated to protect the basic human rights of people with disabilities. Did you know there's a P&A in all 57 U.S. states and territories? Did you know they serve people with all kinds of disabilities? To find the P&A in your state, please visit: http://www.ndrn.org/ndrn-member-agencies.html.
This video discusses how violence and trauma affect children, including the serious and long-lasting consequences for their physical and mental health; signs that a child may be exposed to violence or trauma; and the staggering cost of child maltreatment to families, communities, and the Nation. Victims lend their voices to this video to provide first-hand accounts of how their exposure to violence as children affected them.