Crime Odds Nearly Triple for those with Disabilities

By Shaun Heasley ~

The number of violent crimes committed against people with disabilities is on   the rise, new government data indicates.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics said that there   were 1.3 million nonfatal violent crimes against persons with disabilities in   2012, up from the roughly 1.1 million estimated for 2011.

The findings come from the National Crime Victimization Survey, which is   conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and asks about experiences with crime —   whether reported or unreported to police — among those age 12 and older   living in the community.

Individuals with disabilities encountered violent crime at nearly three times   the rate of those in the general population. Simple assaults were the most   commonly cited crime against this group followed by robbery, aggravated   assault and rape or sexual assault.

Those with cognitive disabilities had the highest rate of victimization and   about half of violent crime victims with disabilities had multiple   conditions, the Bureau of Justice Statistics said.

The detailed report on crime against persons with disabilities can be viewed   here: report.