New Group to Serve Crime Victims who have Disabilities

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (The Columbus Dispatch via AP) — A new organization has formed to serve Ohio adults with disabilities who are victims of crime or witnesses of abuse, maltreatment or neglect.

Katherine Yoder is executive director of Adult Advocacy Centers. She says prosecution rates are dismal when it comes to crime victims who have a disability, with few cases taken to a grand jury.

Yoder tells The Columbus Dispatch that Ohio is the first state developing one-stop centers to help people with disabilities that are coordinated with law enforcement, medical professionals, case managers and others.

The group’s efforts are getting national attention.