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Abuse and Neglect of Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A Public Health Priority for the State of California

Protection and Advocacy, Inc. (2003), 59 pages
Report, written collaboratively by Protection and Advocacy, Inc., State Council on Developmental Disabilities, USC University Affiliated Program, and The Tarjan Center for Developmental Disabilities, UCLA, describes the nature and extent of abuse and neglect of persons with developmental disabilities and identifies the systemic issues underlying the increased risk for victimization of this population. Major findings and recommendations are presented and discussed.

Crime Against People with Disabilities

Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice (2010), 16 pages
Report from the 2008 National Crime Victimization Survey including many statistical tables regarding victimization of persons with disabilities. Includes violent and property crimes and various forms of disability.

Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2008-2010—Statistical Tables

Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice (2011), 20 pages, NCJ 235777
Tables of estimates of nonfatal violent victimization (including sexual assault, robbery, and assault) against persons with disabilities age 12 or older. Based on the National Crime Victimization Survey.

Crime Victimization in Adults with Severe Mental Illness: Comparison with the National Crime Victimization Survey

Arch General Psychiatry (2005 August), 62(8): 911-921. Linda A. Teplin, PhD, Gary M. McClelland, PhD, Karen M. Abram, PhD, and Dana A. Weiner, PhD
Study seeking to determine the rates of crime victimization among persons with severe mental illness by sex, race/ethnicity, and age, to compare rates with general population data taken from the National Crime Victimization Survey.

Crime Victims with Developmental Disabilities: A Review Essay

Sage Publications (2001), 41 pages
Research article by Joan Petersilia summarizing research on crimes against children and adults with developmental disabilities. It includes an examination of the nature and scope of victimization, research regarding risk factors, the criminal justice response, and research and policy implications.

Hate Crime, 2003-2009

Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice (2011), 18 pages, NCJ 234085
Report presenting annual counts and rates of hate crime victimizations, including victimizations motivated by the victim’s disability, that occurred between 2003 and 2009, using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey.

Maltreatment of Children With Disabilities research paper
American Academy of Pediatricians (2014), 10 pages
A research publication on the prevalence of abuse of children with disabilities. The report outlines factors of abuse and neglect, as well as guidance for pediatricians on recognition and prevention strategies. 

Statistics on Abuse and Neglect of Children with Disabilities

Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Web page links to research and resources regarding the greater risk and incidence of maltreatment for children with disabilities.