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People with disabilities experience disproportionate challenges when interacting with the justice system, both as victims of interpersonal and domestic violence and also when they are involved as potential offenders.

This literature review identifies the challenges people with mental health and cognitive disabilities experience when interacting with the justice system, in order to consolidate current information and share some reflections on possible next steps for advancing work on this issue.

Through secondary data collection, this research pursued information on: understanding what the labels of mental health, intellectual and TBI disabilities refers to; the nature of the interaction between people with these types of disabilities and the justice system; the main problems that occur during this interaction; the needs of the justice system, community services and people with disabilities during this period; and the identification of promising practices, strategies, intervention models and resources that have been developed to address these needs.

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