The rate of violent crime against persons with disabilities (36 per 1,000) was more than twice the rate for persons without disabilities (14 per 1,000) in 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said. today. (The study used age-adjusted rates were used because persons with disabilities were generally older than persons without disabilities.) Persons who had disabilities were victimized an estimated 1.3 million times, which accounted for about a fifth of all violent nonfatal victimizations.
The findings are based on BJS’s National Crime Victimization Survey, which classifies six kinds of disabilities: hearing, vision, cognitive, ambulatory, self-care and independent living. Persons with cognitive disabilities experienced the highest rate of violent crime (67 per 1,000) among all disability types measured. Serious violent crime—rape or sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault—accounted for a greater percentage of violent crime against persons with disabilities (39 percent) than persons without disabilities (29 percent). Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of violent crime victims with disabilities believed they were targeted due to their disability.