Crime Victims with Developmental Disabilities

  title={Crime Victims with Developmental Disabilities},
  author={Joan R. Petersilia},
  journal={Criminal Justice and Behavior},
  pages={655 - 694}
  • J. Petersilia
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • Psychology, Law
  • Criminal Justice and Behavior
Rates of violence and abuse perpetrated on people with developmental disabilities (e.g., mental retardation, autism) appear significantly higher than for people without these disabilities. Few of these crimes get reported to police, and even fewer are prosecuted because officials hesitate to pursue cases that rely onthe testimony of a personwith a developmental disability. The author offers several conceptual models to explain their differential victimization risk, including routine activities… 

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