I. Risk Factors
Research indicates that children with disabilities are much more likely to experience abuse than their peers without disabilities (Jones et al., 2012). To learn more about risk-factors, poly-victimization and age appropriate sexual behavior reference the resources below.
II. About the sub-committee and process
In 2016, the WV Children’s Justice Taskforce identified a need to develop the multidisciplinary response to child abuse for children with disabilities. Over the next two years, the workgroup undertaking this project conducted a state-wide survey, convened a focus-group of multi-disciplinary professionals and collaborated with experts nationally and in WV to better understand what resources were needed to make sure that all children in the Mountain State receive the investigation, prosecution, and resolution of child abuse and neglect they deserve.