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Abuse of people with disabilities-The silent epidemic

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Equity and inclusion in all domains of life cannot be achieved when persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities are four to ten times more likely than other community members to be victims of violent crime. This presentation highlights how this horrific statistic is the norm in many of our communities.It also suggests easy to implement for community members and law enforcement. For more information contact info@brcenter.org

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Abuse of people with disabilities-The silent epidemic

  1. 1. The silent epidemic Abuse of people with disabilitiesAbuse of people with disabilities Data BarriersBarriers Prevention Strategies
  2. 2. Workshop path 1. Human rights 2. Data 3. Types of abuse 4 Law enforcement & criminal justice4. Law enforcement & criminal justice 5. Next steps and advocacy
  3. 3. “You should be free from harm, and also from the threat of harm.”the threat of harm. Includes not living in fearIncludes not living in fear of strangers or neighbors or family membersor family members. Britain Equality and Human Rights Commission
  4. 4. Education Prevention Abuse can happen to anyone!anyone! We are victimized at a higher rateg iWe play a role in educating criminal j i f i ljustice professionals
  5. 5. Voices of victims with disabilities “I may not talk as good as you.g y But I know whatBut I know what happened and I know who did it ”know who did it.
  6. 6. Voices of victims with disabilities “The detective andThe detective and my lawyer believed me ”believed me.
  7. 7. Crimes against people with disabilitiespeople with disabilities 20092009 12 per 1,000 20122012 24 per 1,000 Violent crimes doubleddoubled from 2009 to 2012 p Department of Justice, 2014
  8. 8. Violence, abuse, neglect Victims usually know the abuser Adults with disabilities 4 out of 10 experience abuseAdults with disabilities - 4 out of 10 experience abuse CDC Disability and Health http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/healthyliving.html Children with disabilities - twice as likely to be abused
  9. 9. Crimes against people with I/DDpeople with I/DD will experience sexual abuse at some point in their lives 90% some point in their lives. will experience ten or more abuse incidents 49% abuse incidents. (Valenti-Hein, D. & Schwartz, L. (1995). The Sexual Abuse Interview for Those with Developmental Disabilities. James Stanfield Company. Santa Barbara: California
  10. 10. i People with I/DD more likely to be abused segregated from otherssegregated from others lack self-protection skillsp Lack community safety killskills
  11. 11. Reasons for not reporting o more abuseo more abuse o not being believed i io being blamed or punished o losing services o losing home, job, family, or friends
  12. 12. Reasons for not reporting o Taught to go along with authority N t d t d b t th i i hto Not educated about their rights
  13. 13. Bullying 72% at school 42% at home or neighborhood 37% at work37% at work 44% more than 10 times http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/students-with-disabilities
  14. 14. Typical types of abuse physical sexual financial intimidation
  15. 15. Real life example Story Financial abuse
  16. 16. Real life example Story intimidation
  17. 17. Reporting o Most crimes go unreported! l th t t b l to Rely on others to report abuse or neglect o Incidents that happen in programs ofteno Incidents that happen in programs often treated as employment issues Reporting and investigation is often delayedo Reporting and investigation is often delayed http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/legislature/Principles/102801.htm
  18. 18. Justice System Over 70% of abuse cases against adults with disabilitiesg go unreported. 5% i i t l itho 5% crimes against people with disabilities prosecuted o 70% crimes against people withoutg p p disabilities Domestic Violence & Disability http://www.bflnyc.org/about-us/domestic-violence-disability/
  19. 19. Interacting with PWD Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice System o lack experience o discomforto discomfort o lack training and skills The Police Chief Magazine, 2014:
  20. 20. Real life example Story Reporting an incident
  21. 21. Law enforcement tips People with I/DD: o Allow plenty of time o Use everyday wordso Use everyday words o Meet one-on-one (include their trusted person if requested)person if requested) o Meet in a place with few distractions
  22. 22. Law enforcement o Speak at advocacy groups o Learn how to support people who report o Continue training o Encourage reporting o Include people with disabilities in trainingo Include people with disabilities in training teams
  23. 23. Video – The silent epidemic Abuse of persons with disabilitiesAbuse of persons with disabilities
  24. 24. Peer Advocacy (Kecia and Molly) o Educate public about frequency of abuse o Participate in Arc National/NCCJD webinars o Speak at conferences & advocacy groupso Speak at conferences & advocacy groups o NEXT “co-produce PSA about Payday Loans”
  25. 25. Remain safe: make a plan Self Self  advocatesadvocates D l “t t d l ti hi ”o Develop “trusted relationships” o Call when feeling unsafe o Learn personal/community safety o Know who to call to reportp o Keep phone numbers in cell phone
  26. 26. Next Steps – coalition building stop abuse Common CauseCommon Cause Abuse awareness
  27. 27. Network stop abuse Leadership for people with I/DDLeadership for people with I/DD Educate the public Community engagement Achievements/outcomes
  28. 28. QuestionsQuestions Mark Starford Molly Kennedy mark@brcenter.org molly@brcenter.org

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