Office for Victims of Crime
State-level Replication Guide
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Implementation Stage
Summary

Although there are many organizations and individuals deeply committed to addressing crime committed against persons with disabilities, these organizations, historically, have implemented their respective efforts independently. Collaboration was not easy, despite the dedication of each individual entity. BPI not only promotes collaboration, it makes it easier through its cross-discipline training programs and thereby provides victims with disabilities the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives and enables communities to hold offenders criminally accountable for their violence.

As a result of BPI in Massachusetts, adult protective and human services personnel, medical personnel, law enforcement, persons with disabilities, and others receive routine training in how to recognize abuse, report suspicions, and respond effectively to abuse committed against persons with disabilities. In addition, the Department of Developmental Services, Department of Mental Health, and Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission are all required to report criminal activity to the Disabled Persons Protection Commission and to the appropriate district attorney.

The success of BPI has been quantitatively measured. See exhibits 1–4 for BPI's progress since 1999.

Double click to enlarge and reduce exhibits 1–3. Datapoints are available for these exhibits.
 
Exhibit 1. DPPC Hotline and Investigation Activity
Exhibit 1. DPPC Hotline and Investigation Activity


 
Exhibit 2. Criminal Investigations and Complaints, DPPC Database
Exhibit 2. Criminal Investigations and Complaints, DPPC Database


 
Exhibit 3. DPPC Cases Referred to District Attorneys
Exhibit 3. DPPC Cases Referred to District Attorneys


Exhibit 4. Criminal Activity in the DPPC Database, FY 2010
Assault and Battery on a Person With a Disability 427
Larceny on a Person With a Disability 232
Domestic Assault and Battery164
Rape143
Indecent Assault and Battery113
Caretaker's Negligence105
Assault and Battery With a Weapon  37
Death  29
Narcotics Violations   23
Note: The types of crimes reported to the Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) in fiscal year (FY) 2010 involved violence against people and property. Since BPI, legislative changes have allowed prosecution of certain types of caregiver negligence committed against persons with disabilities.