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Survey Reveals Shocking Prevalence of Abuse in Disability Community

Posted on Sep 23, 2013

From May through October 2012, the Abuse & Disability Project of Los Angeles ran a survey—the largest of its kind to date—collecting results from 7,200 individuals about the prevalence of abuse in the disability community.

Participants included people with disabilities and their families, disability advocates, protective service workers, social workers, law enforcement and other professionals.

The results of the survey reveal a disturbing trend of abuse towards people with disabilities. Some of the statistics:

  • More than 7 out of 10 people with disabilities reported they had been abused.
  • More than 6 out of 10 immediate family members of an individual with disabilities reported that the individual had been subjected to abuse.
  • 9 out of 10 victims reported incidents of abuse had happened more than once—with nearly half saying abuse had happened “too many times for them to even count.”
  • Only 37.3% of abuse victims reported incidents to the authorities.
  • Over half the time, when an incident of abuse is reported to authorities, there is no response.

The types of abuse reported included:

  • 87.7% verbal-emotional abuse
  • 50.6% physical abuse
  • 41.6% sexual abuse
  • 37.3% neglect
  • 31.5% financial abuse

Wrote survey co-author Nora J. Baladerian, Ph.D. in the report preface, “The extent of abuse is epidemic, and the inadequate response of our community agencies is disturbing.”

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