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Mission Statement

Disabled Crime Victim Assistance, Inc. is committed to assisting the disabled crime victim and their families and promoting awareness of their specialized needs to those who serve victims and the community.

Who does Disabled Crime Victims Assistance help?

Disabled Crime Victims Assistance, Inc. helps those people who became disabled as a result of a violent crime or those who were already disabled before they became a crime victim. DCVA helps adults, children and the elderly.

The family of a crime victim is also greatly impacted in every aspect of their life. DCVA provides assistance to the family related to the crime and disability.

Disabled Crime Victims face permanent injuries such as:

  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Head Injury
  • Amputation
  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Other permanent disabilities or medical conditions

Statistics

  • In the US there are 49.7 million individuals with a disability
  • There are approximately 4 million Texans with a disability
  • Persons with disabilities have a 4 to 10 higher risk of becoming a crime victim than persons without disabilities
  • Of children who are physically abused, approximately 17.2% have a disability
  • Of children who are sexually abused, approximately 15.2% have a disability
  • 68% to 83% of women with disabilities will be sexually assaulted in the lifetime, which is two times greater than women without a disability
  • “Among adults who are developmentally disabled, as many as 83% of the females and 32% of the males are the Victims of sexual assault.”
  • Each year 2.1 million elderly Americans are victims of some form of physical abuse, neglect, and/or psychological abuse
  • At least 6 million serious injuries occur each year due to crime, resulting in either temporary or permanent disabilities
  • Violence is the second leading cause for spinal cord injuries (25% of all spinal cord injuries are a result of violence)
  • Approximately 20% of head injuries per year are due to violence

Sources
Crosse,S., Kaye,E., & Ratmpfslu,A.(1993). Report on Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities. Washington, DC: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, Administration on Child, Youth, and families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health.
Elder Abuse and Neglect: In Search of Solution. American Psychological Association.
Johnson, I., Sigler, R. 2000 “Forced Sexual Intercourse Among Intimates,” Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Sorensen, Daniel D. “Networks The Invisible Victims”. National Center for Victims of Crime
Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities
Tyiska, Cheryl Guidry. 1998 “Working with Victims of Crime with Disabilities.” Office for Victims of Crime Bulletin.
United States Census Bureau 2000

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