Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims with Disabilities

Some 20 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people may assume that all Americans—including those with disabilities—have complete access to victim services and legal protections. In reality, persons with disabilities still face daily obstacles to safety and justice and remain at high risk for caregiver abuse, domestic and sexual violence, exploitation, and other crimes.
In 2007, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) awarded funds to two grantees to adapt and replicate their innovative, multidisciplinary response models that serve crime victims with disabilities. The replication guides in this set—one statewide and one community based—are the products of this 3-year project.