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Crime Against Persons With Disabilities, 2009–2012

News release: “An estimated 1.3 million nonfatal violent crimes occurred against persons with disabilities in 2012, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. While the annual number of victimizations increased from 2008 to 2012, the number in 2012 was not statistically different from 2011. These findings are based on BJS’s National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which classifies an individual’s disability according to six limitations: hearing, vision, cognitive, ambulatory, self-care and independent living. An estimated 14 percent of the U.S. household population age 12 or older had one or more disabilities. In 2012, the rate of violent crime against persons with disabilities was 34 per 1,000, compared to 23 per 1,000 for persons without disabilities. Because persons with disabilities are generally much older than those without, the age distribution differs considerably between these two groups, making direct comparisons misleading. To compare rates, each group was adjusted to have a similar age distribution, making the age-adjusted rate of violent crime against persons with disabilities (60 per 1,000) nearly three times higher than the rate for persons without disabilities (22 per 1,000). The age-adjusted rate of serious violent crime—rape or other sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault—against persons with disabilities (22 per 1,000) was nearly four times higher than that for persons without disabilities (6 per 1,000) in 2012. Among persons with disabilities, those with cognitive disabilities had the highest unadjusted rate of violent victimization (63 per 1,000). During 2012, about half (52 percent) of violent crime victims with disabilities had more than one disability. Violent crime against persons with one disability type increased from 2011 (37 per 1,000) to 2012 (53 per 1,000), while the rate among persons with multiple disability types remained stable during the same period. Other findings include—

  • In 2012, persons with disabilities experienced an estimated 233,000 robberies, 195,200 aggravated assaults, 838,600 simple assaults and 80,100 rapes or other sexual assaults.
  • Among persons with disabilities in 2012, whites were more likely than blacks to experience a violent crime.
  • In 2012, Hispanics with disabilities had a lower rate of violent victimization than non-Hispanics with disabilities.
  • Among persons ages 12 to 15, the unadjusted rate of violent victimization was nearly three times higher for persons with disabilities than for persons without disabilities.

The report, Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009–2012 – Statistical Tables (NCJ 244525), was written by BJS Statistician Erika Harrell.”

The World’s Constitutions to Read, Search and Compare

“New constitutions are written every year. The people who write these important documents need to read and analyze texts from other places. Constitute offers access to the world’s constitutions that users can systematically compare them across a broad set of topics — using a modern, clean interface.] HOW TO USE CONSTITUTE? Constitute allows you to interactContinue Reading

NIH releases comprehensive new data outlining Hispanic/Latino health and habits

“A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of people from a range of Hispanic/ Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture, and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors, and lifestyle habits. These health data are derived from the Hispanic Community HealthContinue Reading

Introducing eBooks from the Federal Depository Library Program

“To help meet the needs of the Federal Depository Library (FDL) community, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has made eBooks available in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP). These titles are joining the growing number of online resources that have been a vital part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) for overContinue Reading

New York Fed – 2014 Small Business Credit Survey

“As part of its engagement with the business community, the New York Fed’s Outreach Team surveys small firms twice a year about their financing and credit needs. Responses to the Small Business Credit  Survey provide insight into the dynamics behind aggregate lending trends. The survey probes firms’  credit application decisions, strategies for obtaining credit orContinue Reading

Federal Reserve Board announces release dates for the latest supervisory stress tests results

“The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced that results from the latest supervisory stress tests conducted as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will be released on Thursday, March 20, and the related results from the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR, will be released on Wednesday, March 26.Continue Reading

Speech – Global Financial Stability – the Road Ahead

William C. Dudley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Remarks at the Tenth Asia-Pacific High Level Meeting on Banking Supervision, Auckland, New Zealand. “Today, I am going to talk about the challenges that face us in ensuring stability in the global financial system.  While we have made considerable progress in strengthening the financial system—for example, large globalContinue Reading

Census Bureau Updates API with Economic Indicators

“The U.S. Census Bureau updated its application programming interface today with monthly and quarterly economic indicators. The API allows more access and easier customization of data products. Developers could use the statistics available through the API to create a variety of apps and tools, such as ones that allow homebuyers to find the latest new residential construction statistics.Continue Reading

New GAO Report on Credit Card Marketing to Students

CREDIT CARDS: Marketing to College Students Appears to Have Declined, GAO-14-225: Published: Feb 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2014. “Trends associated with college affinity card agreements include fewer agreements and cardholders and declining payments, according to data GAO analyzed from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) and the Bureau of ConsumerContinue Reading

Saudi Arabia: Background and U.S. Relations

CRS – Saudi Arabia: Background and U.S. Relations, Christopher M. Blanchard, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. February 12, 2014. “In spite of apparent differences of opinion over regional developments, U.S.-Saudi security cooperation continues to anchor official bilateral relations as it has for decades, bolstered by major new arms sales, continued security training arrangements, enhanced counterterrorism cooperation, and shared concerns about Iran andContinue Reading