Millions of Americans suffer from some type of a disability, whether it is a physical disability that is easily identified, (wheelchair bound, service animals, walkers) or a non intellect or mental disability that is not easily identified (mental retardation, schizophrenia) or a chronic disability (chronic fatigue syndrome, seizure disorders). These victims are more likely to be preyed upon than nondisabled victims. What age range does most victimization occur in individuals with a disability? Does the difference in crime play upon those who are disabled? What services can be administered in the community to assist children with a disability?
Since this population has a higher percentage of being preyed upon, does age and the disability itself play a part in how this population is being sought out? Individuals with any type of disability are twice more likely to be victimized than as those who are nondisabled. The type of disability two age groups, children and adults, are to be studied in order to assist and prevent and recover from such occurrences. This sample will be categorized according to age ranges of under 18 years of age and over 18 years of age and the will be identified by the crime they are victimized by. Crimes will include molestation, robbery, non-violent physical assault, and violent physical assault.
In conclusion, individuals with any type of disability deserve to be treated the same as individuals without a disability. They require a preventative services and services after the crime has been committed to recover. Some services can be found at the following website, The National Center for Victims of Crime. Many services are developing and are servicing individuals with disabilities that have been a victim of some type of crime within local communities.
Crime, T. N. (n.d.). Resource Directory for Service Providers. Retrieved Feb. 2, 2016, from The National Center for Victims of Crime: https://www.victimsofcrime.org/library/resource-directory-victims-with-disabilities/crime-victims-with-disabilities