Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Reporting or Telling about Being a Victim of a Crime or Abuse

People with disabilities, especially those who have significant communication disabilities, are often victims of crime or abuse. In fact, recent research suggests that they are more likely than their nondisabled peers to be a victim of a crime. There are many reasons for this high incidence of criminal victimization, chief among them is the belief by perpetrators that the victim will not tell; and if the victim does try to tell, she will not be understood and therefore not be believed. Many victims of crime who rely on AAC devices do not have the vocabulary needed to describe what happened to them. As a result, they fail to tell or report a crime. Failing to tell someone you trust what happened to you and who did it, or failing to report the crime to the police reinforces the perpetrator's belief that he or she can continue to hurt you. The following vocabulary should help you tell others if you have been a victim of a crime or abuse. By telling or reporting, you are improving your personal safety.

Following you will find access to:

Needed Vocabulary for Socially-Valued Adult Roles

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education and Human Development
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service