Research and resources regarding the greater risk and incidence of maltreatment for children with disabilities.
Abuse in Disability Communities
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Discusses unique presentations of abuse that may be used in the maltreatment of individuals with disabilities as well as protections against such maltreatment that are embedded in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Childhood Maltreatment Among Children With Disabilities
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016)
Provides information about the risk of abuse or neglect for children with disabilities as well as information and resources to help protect children from harm.
Maltreatment of Children With Disabilities
Hibbard & Desch (2007)
American Academy of Pediatrics
Discusses identifying factors used to recognize and differentiate maltreatment among children with disabilities.
The Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Deaf and Disabled Children (PDF - 404 KB)
We Protect Global Alliance (2021)
Explains unique risk factors that contribute to the prevalence of abuse and neglect among children with disabilities online in addition to presenting recommendations for developing protective factors and mitigating risk among this population.
Subsequent Maltreatment in Children With Disabilities After an Unsubstantiated Report for Neglect
Kistin, Tompson, Cabral, Sege, Winter & Silverstein (2016)
JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 315(1)
Explores outcomes after involvement with the child welfare system for children with and without disabilities and finds that children with disabilities are at greater risk for subsequent maltreatment.