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Victims with Disabilities


Research shows that individuals with a disability are more than twice as likely to be a victim of crime as those without a disability.

Yet, many victim assistance agencies report that they rarely serve crime victims from this population because acts of physical aggression, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes against people with disabilities often go unreported.

To support victims with a disability, OVC works to improve services through conference support, demonstration projects, and national training and technical assistance initiatives, as well as developing various publications, online resources, and tools to help providers.

The following resources provide information on crime victims with disabilities.

Information on police response to victims with disabilities is available in the OVC Victims with Disabilities: Collaborative, Multidisciplinary First Response (DVD and Guidebook). For additional information, visit the Victims with Disabilities section of our website.