Crimes Against People With Disabilities Are Increasing, Data Show.

November 21, 2021

ABC News (11/21, Alfonseca) reports that people with disabilities “are disproportionately victims of violent crime and victimization in the United States, according to new data released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.” And the “frequency of these crimes is also increasing, according to the data, though activists don’t seem to know why.” The data “shows that from 2017-2019 disabled people accounted for 26% of nonfatal violent crimes, even though they make up only 12% of the population and are victims of violence at almost four times the rate of non-disabled people.” It’s also “often difficult for disabled people, particularly women, to leave abusive care or to report abuse, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers.”

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