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Crime Against People with Disabilities, 2007

NCJ Number
227814
Date Published
October 2009
Author(s)
Michael R. Rand, Bureau of Justice Statistics; Erika Harrell, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics
Agencies
BJS
Publication Type
Publication
Annotation
Presents the first findings about nonfatal violent and property crime experienced by persons with disabilities, based on the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
Abstract

Presents the first findings about nonfatal violent and property crime experienced by persons with disabilities, based on the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The report includes data on nonfatal violent victimization (rape/sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault) and property crime (burglary, motor vehicle theft, theft) against persons with disabilities in 2007. It compares the victimization experience of persons with and without disabilities, using population estimates based on the Census Bureaus American Community Survey (ACS). Data are presented on victim and crime characteristics of persons with and without disabilities, including age, race and gender distribution; offender weapon use; victim injuries; and reporting to the police.

Highlights
  • Persons 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.
  • 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.

 

Date Created: October 7, 2009