People with disabilities experience violence at much higher rates than people without disabilities. In 2013 alone, 1.3 million violent crimes were committed against people with disabilities. Yet, people with disabilities face significant barriers to reporting their victimization—their accounts are often dismissed or not taken seriously—as well as unequal access to social and medical services. Vera’s Center on Victimization and Safety is working on several projects to increase access to these services and help secure equal justice for people with disabilities who are the victims of violence. 

Project Objectives

  • To raise awareness of the high rates of victimization and unique needs of people with disabilities among victim services and criminal justice professionals.

  • To increase the physical, programmatic, and communication accessibility of victim services for people with disabilities who have experienced violence.

  • To enhance disability organizations’ capacity to respond effectively to violence in peoples’ lives, and to foster collaboration with domestic violence programs, rape crisis centers, and the criminal justice system.