New Survey Examines Alarming Prevalence of Disability Abuse

Posted on Sep 22, 2013

If you or a loved one have a disability, you’ll want to learn more about an important study released this September by Los Angeles’ Abuse & Disability Project. The study demonstrates that abuse in the disability community is a rapidly growing problem that’s getting too little attention.

“Our findings were at the same time shocking and validating. Too many people abused too much, with very little on the response side to help in the aftermath,” writes Nora Baladerian, Ph.D., one of the co-authors of the study.

From May to October 2012, 7,200 individuals from all over the country with disabilities or ties to the disability community—whether through a loved one or their profession—were surveyed.

Over half of people with disabilities reported abuse. 60% of close family members described a loved one with disability being abused. Of the types of abuse reported, the study revealed:

  • 87.7% emotional and verbal abuse
  • 50.6% physical abuse
  • 41.6% sexual abuse
  • 37.3% neglect
  • 31.5% financial abuse


Nine out of 10 victims described repeated incidents, with more than half of that number saying abuse had occurred more often than they could count. Fewer than 4 out of 10 victims reported abuse to the authorities—a statistic believed to be closely tied to another: less than half of reported abuse incidents see any kind of response.

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