Foster Accountability

Holding those who abuse accountable for their actions is an essential strategy to repair the harm they have caused and decrease the likelihood they will abuse again in the future. It requires a concerted effort from every facet of society. This includes the criminal justice system charged with investigating and prosecuting the crimes, organizations that may employ those who commit the crimes, and the community at large, which can send a strong message that abuse will not be tolerated. Barriers exist in each of these areas that result in few people who abuse people with disabilities being held accountable for their actions, but efforts are underway in some communities to remove these barriers and strengthen their accountability efforts.