Multiple Perspectives on the Risk of Victimization of People With Developmental Disabilities

Kelly Bradley, University of California, Irvine

The purpose of this research project is to develop a better understanding of the risk of victimization faced by people with developmental disabilities. The research on the victimization of people with developmental disabilities is very limited. What little research has been conducted indicates that victimization of this population may be a serious problem. However, the lack of substantial research makes it difficult to know what the risk of victimization is for people with developmental disabilities. This research project assesses the risk of victimization of people with developmental disabilities by interviewing key stakeholders including victims, family members, service providers, and law enforcement. Through these interviews it is possible to better understand the extent of crimes encountered by this population and to bring insight into the context of victimization.

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Updated 05/20/2006