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Responding to Crime Victims with Disabilities

Resource Directory for Service Providers

CURRICULA AND TRAINING PROGRAMS

 

Assisting Victims and Witnesses with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System: A Curriculum for Law Enforcement Officers (with Trainer’s Guide)

Institute on Disabilities, Temple University (2002), 98 pages
Training module providing law enforcement officers with a basic understanding of mental retardation and the impact it has on an individual’s ability to interact with criminal justice personnel. It is designed to enhance an officer’s ability to respond more effectively to victims of crime, as well as witnesses and suspects, who have mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. It includes both knowledge and skill components.
Visit the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University for more information or to order.

Child Abuse Victims with Disabilities: A Curriculum for Law Enforcement First Responders and Child Protective Services Frontline Workers

Disability & Abuse Project, Instructor manual 181 pages, participant manual 190 pages, PowerPoint presentation 150 slides
Training for child abuse first responders addresses the most important aspects of response when the child has a cognitive and communication disability. This Curriculum, developed under a Children's Justice Act Grant in California, is designed to be taught by a Multi-Disciplinary Team. While written for Californian first responders, the materials can easily be adapted to any state or territory. Includes instructor manual, participant manual, and PowerPoint presentation.
PDF – Instructor Manual
PDF – Participant Manual
PPT – PowerPoint Presentation

First Response to Victims of Crime: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement Officers
(July 2010)           
OVC, OVC Training Guidebooks, 98 pages, NCJ 231171.
This educational multimedia package, produced by the National Sheriffs' Association, looks at the impact of crime on victims and describes steps that law enforcement can take, as first responders, to meet victims' needs. Among the types of victimizations covered are sexual assault, drunk driving, homicide, human trafficking, and mass casualties. The special needs of older victims, child victims, immigrants, and victims with disabilities are addressed as well.
GUIDE (PDF)
VIDEO (QUICKTIME)

First Responders Disability Awareness Training

Niagara University
Training for first responders, with tailored presentation for law enforcement. Training enhances sensitivity for those working with persons with disabilities, including victims. It includes etiquette and interaction skills, the perspective of persons with disabilities, challenging behaviors, and current trends and topics. Participants learn about the disabilities that they will encounter and how to appropriately respond. For more information, visit www.fr-dat.com or contact dwhalen@niagara.edu.

In My Jurisdiction: Responding to Crimes Against People with Disabilities, Deaf Individuals, and Older Adults
SafePlace (2007), 229 pages
A training curriculum for law enforcement officers that provides resources and tools for law enforcement officers to respond to and investigate family violence and sexual assault crimes against these disabled persons.
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Massachusetts Building Partnerships Initiative (BPI) Training for Law Enforcement

Award-winning, new recruit and veteran police officer training curricula incorporating five learning modules designed to ensure officers can:

  • Identify the prevalence and complexities in conducting investigations of crimes against persons with disabilities.
  • Recognize how to effectively respond to crime victims or witnesses with a disability.
  • Understand the Adult Protective Service system.

(a) For State and Municipal Police Recruits: Adults with Disabilities and the Criminal Justice System Training Curriculum

Developed by police, clinicians, adult protective service agencies, attorneys, persons with disabilities, educators, and administrators, this one-day training on responding to crime victims with disabilities is mandatory in Massachusetts. Curriculum includes a “Test Your Knowledge” pre-training quiz, PowerPoint presentation with video clips, interactive activities, discussion, case scenarios, handouts, and a post-test. 

(b) For Veteran Officers: Reporting and Investigating Crimes Committed Against Persons with Disabilities Online Training Curriculum.

This training is mandated for all State Police and is accessible to all Massachusetts veteran municipal and state police officers and APS investigators.

For more information or to obtain a copy of these curricula, contact: jennifer.edwards-hawkins@state.ma.us.

OVC’s Multidisciplinary Response to Crime Victims with Disabilities
Office for Victims of Crime (2007)
Office for Victims of Crime provides a seven-step model for improving capacity to respond to crime victims with disabilities through community oriented programming. The guide helps connect people and agencies, incorporate responses from community stakeholders, and tailor the model to the needs of the community.
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Protect, Report, Preserve: Abuse against Persons with Disabilities

Massachusetts Building Partnerships Initiative, video 25 minutes, manual 42 pages
Video and accompanying training manual designed to assist Massachusetts service providers to train employees to recognize and report abuse against persons with disabilities.
PDF
To order a free copy of the DVD and manual, e-mail pm@buildingpartnershipsma.com or call 617-727-6465 x234.

Stop the Violence, Break the Silence Training Guide and Resource Kit

SafePlace, $170
Curriculum and kit providing replicable models and tools to build prevention, education, and intervention programs for people with disabilities within a domestic violence, sexual assault, or disability service agency. Full training package includes 6-module training guide, resource kit, and closed caption video.
Visit SafePlace for more information or to order.

Supporting Crime Victims with Disabilities Curriculum

Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (2012)
Complete 3-day training curriculum designed for victim service providers, advocates for people with disabilities, self-advocates, and allied professionals.  The training uses case studies and small group discussions to present the prevalence of crime against people with disabilities, perceptions of the criminal justice system, principals of the disabilities movements, and the impact of disabilities on daily living. Curriculum includes an agenda, assessment, pre-assignment memo with questions for participants, instructor manual, participant manual, PowerPoint presentations, worksheets and activities, evaluation form, and video information, all in Word or PDF form.
English
Spanish

Victims with Disabilities: Collaborative, Multidisciplinary First Response: Techniques for First Responders Called to Help Crime Victims Who Have Disabilities

Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice (2011), DVD 72 minutes, guidebook 70 pages, NCJ 231932
Training DVD and guidebook, developed under the guidance of a national advisory board, demonstrating effective techniques for first responders who have been called to the scene of a crime in which the victim has a disability. It not only provides guidelines for interacting with adult and adolescent victims of crime who have communication and/or intellectual disabilities, but also helps law enforcement personnel gain a deeper understanding of the lives, personal attributes, and abilities of individuals with disabilities.
PDF – Guidebook
Video – WMV Video Clip
Video – QuickTime Video Clip
Visit NCJRS for abstract or to order the package.

Victims with Disabilities: The Forensic Interview-Techniques for Interviewing Victims with Communication and/or Cognitive Disabilities

Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice (2012), DVD 56 minutes, trainer’s guide 72 pages, NCJ 234678
Training DVD, developed under the guidance of a national advisory board, demonstrating effective techniques for first responders who have been called to the scene of a crime in which the victim has a disability. It not only provides guidelines for interacting with adult and adolescent victims of crime who have communication and/or intellectual disabilities, but also helps law enforcement personnel gain a deeper understanding of the lives, personal attributes, and abilities of individuals with disabilities. A trainer's guide accompanies this video.
PDF
Video – WMV Video Clip
Video – QuickTime Video Clip
Visit NCJRS for abstract or to order the package.

WV S.A.F.E. Training and Collaboration Toolkit— Serving Sexual Violence Victims with Disabilities

West Virginia Sexual Assault Free Environment (2010), 329 pages
Toolkit including sections on collaboration, sexual violence, and disabilities, as well as tools to increase access. Tools relate to programmatic and policy accessibility, facility accessibility, intake practices review, and developing a transition plan. Each section includes a toolkit user’s guide.
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