Crime Victims With Disabilities Awareness Act Law and Legal Definition

Crime Victims With Disabilities Awareness Act is a U.S. federal law designed to increase public awareness of the plight of victims of crime with developmental disabilities. The Act also aims to collect data to measure the magnitude of the problem, and to develop measures and remedies to address the safety and justice needs of victims of crime with developmental disabilities. This Act was enacted in 1998.

The Act further states that the Attorney General must conduct a study to increase knowledge and information about crimes against individuals with developmental disabilities that will be useful in developing new strategies to reduce the incidence of crimes against those individuals.

The study should focus on:

(1) the nature and extent of crimes against individuals with developmental disabilities;

(2) the risk factors associated with victimization of individuals with developmental disabilities;

(3) the manner in which the justice system responds to crimes against individuals with developmental disabilities; and

(4) the means by which States may establish and maintain a centralized computer database on the incidence of crimes against individuals with disabilities within a State. [105 P.L. 301, 4].