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First Response to Victims of a Crime Who Have a Disability
OVC seeks to increase the capacity of law enforcement to respond to particular populations of crime victims in a sensitive and effective manner, recognizing the special needs of certain individuals. The handbook offers guidance and tips on approaching and interacting with victims who have Alzheimer’s disease, mental illness, or mental retardation, or who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing. It is estimated that 17 percent of the U.S. population has one of these disabilities. Therefore, it is likely that law enforcement officers will encounter a victim with a disability. Because officers and dispatchers often are the first to respond to crime victims, it is critical that they understand how to approach them.
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Last Updated: 8/25/2015 10:20:52 AM
 
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