Crime and Domestic Violence of Blind and Low Vision

Discover tips for protecting against identity theft, data on crime statistics for people with disabilities, and information on domestic violence against people who are blind or low vision.

Crime against people with disabilities is inordinately high, as is domestic violence. This section provides useful information and helpful resources to help people who are blind or visually impaired or with other disabilities to prevent crime, protect themselves, and know what to do in the event of domestic abuse.

Data from a recent Department of Justice report revealed the following disturbing fact:

In 2019, persons with disabilities experienced violent victimization at nearly four times the rate for persons without disabilities.

Research indicates that one out of every four women will experience domestic violence at some time in her life. The data also suggest that women with disabilities are more likely to suffer domestic violence and sexual assault than women without disabilities. Also, women with disabilities report abuse that lasts longer and is more intense than women without disabilities. Finally, victims of domestic violence who are blind or low vision face very specific barriers when seeking help, such as inaccessibility of print information providing sources of help.

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Crimes Against Persons with Disabilities

Crime against people with disabilities, including those who are blind or have low vision, is a reality that calls for our attention. A report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) about violent crimes against people with disabilities has been published, with some disturbing findings. It presents estimates of nonfatal violent crimes (rape or sexual […]

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Domestic Violence and Women with Disabilities

Every day when John left for work, he locked Marie’s wheelchair in a closet and took the internet router and the portable phone. Mary had trouble moving about the house, couldn’t reach out for help, and couldn’t leave. Larry keeps charge of Joan’s medications for anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. He gives Joan far less […]

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Protecting Against Identity Theft if Blind or Low Vision

As someone who has faced two battles with identity theft, I want to share how you can protect yourself and the resources you can use if this happens. The most important thing you can do as a person who is bind or low vision is to educate and empower yourself to avoid being a victim […]

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