The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey found that in 2012, people 12 or older who had disabilities experienced 1.3 million violent crimes, including aggravated assault, sexual assault, robbery, and rape. In 2012, the age-adjusted rate of violent victimization for persons with disabilities (60 per 1,000 persons with disabilities) was nearly three times the rate among persons without disabilities (22 per 1,000 persons without disabilities). To view The Arc’s statement, visit our blog.
The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability welcomes you to attend its first webinar on January 30 at 12:30 CST, 1:30 EST. This is the first in a series of 20 plus webinars taking place over the next two years as part of the Department of Justice-funded project. Learn about NCCJD’s mission, goals, partners, products and services, and find out how you can get involved and become better equipped to provide equal access to justice for individuals with I/DD in your own community and within your profession. The webinar’s target audience is purposefully broad to set the stage for more meaningful dialogue and deeper networking between the criminal justice and disability worlds. Law enforcement and other first responders, legal professionals, forensic interviewers, victim advocates, disability advocates and other allied professionals are encouraged to attend this free session. Register now. Contact Kathryn Walker at email@example.com with any questions.