Law enforcement's response to crime reporting by people with disabilities

Mary Oschwald, Mary Ann Curry, Rosemary B. Hughes, Anne Arthur, Laurie E. Powers

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One hundred and thirty three US law enforcement departments completed a survey about protocols used to serve crime victims with disabilities, such as asking about and providing accommodations and recording disability and accommodation information. Most departments did not have these protocols and service and community based barriers were indicated. Cross-training and co-advocacy between law enforcement and disability agencies were supported. Two recommendations are offered: provide disability awareness training to law enforcement and ask all victims if they need accommodation and supports. Finally, systematic use of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition of disability is also recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-542
Number of pages16
JournalPolice Practice and Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • accommodations
  • cross-training
  • law enforcement
  • victims with disabilities


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