By Joan Petersilia, Joseph Foote, Nancy A. Crowell, National Research Council
A document of the nationwide study Council's Committee on legislation and Justice, from the Workshop on Crime sufferers with Developmental Disabilities, held October 28-29, 1999, in Irvine, CA. The workshop interested in conceptual concerns similar to definitions and measurements, the life of universal components in those crimes, and significant subject matters. Softcover.
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Other research has also found that a large proportion of victimizations are committed by service providers and family members and by peers with disabilities. Turk and Brown (1992) found that 58 percent of offenses against adults with disabilities occurred in the home of either the victim (48 percent) or the perpetrator (10 percent). Because many surveys, including the NCVS, are conducted from the respondent’s home, where perpetrators may be within earshot, victimization may go unreported. Proxy Respondents Proxy interviews are often used as a tool to help obtain interviews from individuals who would otherwise be excluded from a survey or from types of individuals who would be underrepresented in a sample.
Their relationship is referred to as a microsystem—the child with a disability and his parent, the adult with a disability and his or her personal care provider. The model stresses that this relationship exists with and is strongly influenced by a unit of the social environment—a family, a group home, an institution—that is in turn strongly influenced by the society or culture. The attitudes and beliefs of a culture, for example, might determine whether or not an act is considered to be a crime, the priority it will be given for investigation, and the severity of the sentence that might be applied.
The first two items constitute the first phase and are the focus of current efforts. 1 1 The material on current and future BJS plans is briefly summarized here from a paper entitled “Developing the Capability to Measure Crime Victimization of People With Disabilities,” delivered at the 2000 National Conference of the American Society of Criminology in San Francisco, November 17, 2000, by Michael Rand, Victimization Statistics, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 5 Criminal Justice System Responses In the last approximately 25 years, American society has made significant advances in providing support to people with developmental disabilities in the efforts of these individuals to achieve fair treatment.