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Visible Disabilities as a Risk for Interpersonal Victimization

Thu, Nov 16, 12:30 to 1:50pm, Marriott, Franklin 4, 4th Floor


Relying on large data bases showing the relationship between disability and criminal victimization, it is known that those with invisible disability traits (such as mental illness) are much more likely to be at risk of criminal victimization. This study demonstrates, importantly, the relationship between visible signs of disability (e.g., the use of wheelchairs, canes, crutches) that can impact risk and influence how offenders perceive vulnerability (the victims' capacity to resist victimization). Specifically, the authors illustrate whether visible disability increases the likelihood of becoming a victim of interpersonal violence, notably sexual violence, stalking, physical assault and verbal threats, compared to those with no disabilities or those with invisible disabilities.