This state-level replication guide is intended for use by law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, adult protective and human services workers, and others who are responsible for the safety and protection of persons with disabilities who are victims of crime.
The authors recognize that the size of an agency, availability of resources, reporting requirements, and level of expertise vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. As such, readers of this guide may decide to develop additional trainings, share resources, form partnerships with neighboring jurisdictions, and/or seek additional funding. Many agencies already have programs to assist persons with disabilities who are victims of crime. After reading this guide, these agencies may determine that they need to improve both their training and policies and may use the guide as a justification for strengthening their resources.
Jurisdictional, logistical, or legal conditions may preclude the use of particular procedures contained herein. The authors encourage all readers to develop and continually update their knowledge, skills, and abilities with respect to recognizing, reporting, investigating, and prosecuting crimes committed against persons with disabilities. In addition, all readers should become familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and other disability rights laws and regulations.