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photo Serving Crime Victims with Disabilities
The Time is Now
By Robyn Gonzalez Mercurio
Video Action Fund
Support from The Office for Victims of Crime, US Department of Justice

This vitally important new video focuses on meeting the needs of people with physical and developmental disabilities who have been victims of crime, a problem that has been seriously under-reported, even sometimes ignored by government and community agencies.

The Time is Now is aimed at all those who counsel and advocate for crime victims. It is designed to confront the ignorance and stereotypes which have masked the extent of the problem, while offering practical guidance and concrete models of programs and services which actually work. This video is must viewing for professionals involved in the criminal justice system and law enforcement, for victim service workers and advocates, for social workers and mental retardation specialists, and for all those working with this vulnerable population.

While The Time is Now is aimed at professionals and volunteers who counsel and advocate for crime victims. its companion film, Meet Us Where We Areis intended for individuals and groups in the disability community, as well as for the general public For a combined offer on both films, click here

17 minutes
© 2000
Purchase $149.00 VHS
Order No. QA-338
ISBN (VHS) 1-57295-338-1
close captioned

Awards & Conference Screenings
Merit Award and Certificate
of Appreciation, Superfest

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To rent or purchase this film, please visit the Icarus Films website