This book outlines the range and nature of crimes against people with learning disabilities, and the way the law does - or should - relate to these crimes. It discusses the sources of victimization and deals with prevention specifically from the perspective of learning difficulties. It outlines: how to achieve redress for victims through the police and the courts; and methods for creating alternative means of redress to these usual channels. The concerns voiced in this book should also have relevance for other minority groups who are "invisible" to current crime research and policy development. Intended as a basis for action, the book contains material and ideas for staff training and offers clear policy proposals. Contact addresses are given throughout, and the book is illustrated with victims' stories, press reports and relevant law extracts. The book aims to provoke discussion on the subject from a varied audience, and is intended for professionals in care services, carers, professionals in the justice system, policymakers, psychologists, and professionals working in the field of learning disabilities.
Elaborated Contents. Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. What is Happening? 2. Who are the Perpetrators? 3. Prevention. 4. Reporting. 5. Using the Courts. 6. Alternatives to the Criminal System. 7. Invisible Victims? 8. Summary of Policy Considerations. Appendix I. Outline Material for Police Training. Appendix II. Outline of a Training Session for Service Staff and Lay Advocates. References. Index.