Victimization and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

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People with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD) are victims of crime at a substantially higher rate than the general public, which impacts their ability to safely live in many community settings. This 3-part vodcast (video) and podcast (audio) series review victimization statistics, unique crimes against people with disabilities, and how to help victims with disabilities become a survivor.

Watch the Vodcast

Episode 1: Overview – reviews mandatory reporting, the difference between offender and victim in the criminal justice system, legal support, and protections.

  • 2:10 – Statistics
  • 3:00 – Background on Victims and Offenders
  • 4:00 – Victim and Offender Rights
  • 5:35 – The importance of listening to the victim
  • 11:05 – Mandatory Reporting
  • 14:00 – How to Report


Episode 2: Pathways to Justice – reviews forensic interviewing, hearsay exception, ADA accommodations and access, victim advocacy, and emerging as a survivor.

  • 1:00 – Intro and alarming statistics
  • 2:50 – How Victim Advocates help (Court-appointed vs. Community-based)
  • 8:07 – Victim Compensation
  • 9:45 – Court Process, Forensic Interviewing, and Accommodations for victims with IDD
  • 16:55 – Becoming a survivor, getting Justice and Closure (even without prosecution)

Episode 3: Victim Advocacy and Support, with special guest Brie Franklin from Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) – reviews the differences between private and public-funded victims’ advocates, accessing victim services, and what victim services look like for people with IDD. Resource provided in this interview:

  • 1:00 – CCASA Overview
  • 6:30 – Empowerment through Community-based advocacy
  • 10:55 – Accessing Victim Advocacy supports
  • 14:55 – Becoming a Survivor and Restorative Justice

Listen to the podcast

Podcasts are also available SpreakerItunesiHeartRadio, or Spotify

Listen to “TRAININGS: E44: Overview of victimization and people with IDD” on Spreaker.

Listen to “TRAININGS: E45: Pathways to justice” on Spreaker.

Listen to “TRAININGS: E46: Victim Advocacy and Support” on Spreaker.


Victimization and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) was made possible through support from Arc Thrift StoresColorado Coalition Against Sexual AssaultColorado District Attorney’s CouncilDevelopmental Pathways, and The Arc of Aurora.