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Developmental Disabilities Abuse and Neglect

Overview

Hundreds of adults in Oregon with developmental disabilities experience abuse or neglect each year. The number may be much higher — many cases are never reported to the proper authorities.

Historically, people with disabilities have been discriminated against because of their disabilities, seen as incapable and helpless, separated from society-at-large and denied opportunities for education and other life experiences. Misperceptions and stereotypes about people with disabilities also put people with disabilities at an increased risk to experience abuse and neglect.

Abuse of adults with developmental disabilities and other vulnerable adults is never okay. In some cases the abuse is a criminal action that can be prosecuted by local, state and even federal authorities.