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Frequently, health care and law enforcement professionals are uninformed about victimization of persons with disabilities.
Misperceptions about disability include “having a disability protects a person from victimization”; the risks to a person with disabilities are thought to be less than the risks to a person who has none.
Children with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be physically or sexually abused as children without disabilities.
Similar proportions of women with and without disabilities report having experienced episodes of physical violence, sexual violence, or emotional abuse.
The victimization of persons with disabilities involves the abuse of an individual with a physical and/or mental disability.
Victimization can include physical violence, sexual violence, psychological or emotional abuse, and neglect.