professional development

Crime Victimization and Persons with Disabilities

Professional Development Hours: 12

Persons with disabilities face a significant risk of being victimized. Further, a significant number of serious debilitating injuries occur each year due to crime. The needs of crime victims with disabilities requires a comprehensive response by multiple service entities. According to a symposium report funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, "... a partnership between the victim assistance and disability advocacy fields needs to be built that fosters mutual respect and sharing of ideas, knowledge, capabilities, successes, and collaborative efforts in order to develop strategies to address the problems. Such a partnership will strengthen the capability of both victim and disability advocates in their efforts to ensure that all crime victims are afforded fundamental justice and access to quality, comprehensive services."

This program explores the myriad issues surrounding crime victimization and persons with disabilities with special emphasis on intervention that is person-centered. In addition to the various service providers that serve crime victims, this program is targeted to practitioners who serve persons with all types of disabilities.