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Intellectual disability and criminal victimisation

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 60

C Wilson, T Nettelbeck, R Potter and C Perry
ISBN 0 642 24022 1 ISSN 0817-8542 ; CRC 16/94-95
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, September 1996


The authors' studies of intellectually disabled victims of crimes revealed that a major contributing factor was the demonstration of anger by the victim. Compared to intellectually disabled non-victims, the victims showed lower measures of interpersonal competence and higher responses to the anger inventory. The authors advocate anger management and protective behaviours training, and stress the need for policy makers to be aware of both social policy and victim behaviour when developing broad crime prevention strategies.

This paper is taken from the report of research undertaken with the assistance of a grant from the Criminology Research Council.