Access to Justice for persons with intellectual or mental disabilities

78% are victims of crime

As established by the Investigation and Testimony Procedures Law, in Israel, a Special Investigator is now assisting police
interrogations of persons with disabilities.  In addition, the law provides for important adaptations to the testimony given in court, including the exemption from cross-examination as a witness.

From 2007 to 2010, there were 2,400 requestsfor special investigations. Almost 1,780 persons with intellectual disabilities were interrogated. The majority of the cases recorded – 78 percent – constituted victims of crime! Cases were brought to court which beforehand would have been dismissed.

Visit the website of BIZCHUT http://bizchut.org.il/en/

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