"Persons age 12 or older who had disabilities experienced 1.3 million nonfatal violent crimes in 2012 (table 1). Nonfatal violent crimes include rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. The annual number of nonfatal violent victimizations against persons with disabilities increased from 2008 to 2012. However, no statistically significant change was found in the number of violent victimizations from 2011 to 2012. The findings in this report are based on the Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), a household survey that collects data on U.S. residents age 12 or older (excluding those living in institutions). The NCVS adopted survey questions from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) to identify respondents with disabilities. The NCVS defines disability as the product of interactions among individuals' bodies; their physical, emotional, and mental health; and the physical and social environment in which they live, work, or play. Disability exists where this interaction results in limitations of activities and restrictions to full participation at school, at work, at home, or in the community. Disabilities are classified according to six limitations: hearing, vision, cognitive, ambulatory, self-care, and independent living."
NCJ 244525; National Criminal Justice 244525
U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics: http://www.bjs.gov/