ecdp's work on Disability Hate Crime

Disability hate crime is a serious offence which can devastate the life of a person living with disability.

At ecdp we are working with the Strategic Hate Crime Prevention Partnership in Essex to try and stamp it out for good.

On 8th November 2015, the Independent newspaper reported that recorded hate crimes against disabled people had risen by 41 per cent in the last year and the true figure may in fact be higher. Recent research from Scope backs up these statistics, finding that 62 per cent of disabled people say they are treated differently because of their disability and just 40 per cent say the UK is a good place to be a disabled person.

What exactly is disability hate crime?

According to True Vision, a disability hate crime is:

“Any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability.”

This means that any crime that happens because the perpetrator is motivated by the victim’s disability is viewed by the law as a disability hate crime.

This could include any of the following activities:

  • Hurting a disabled person or making them feel unsafe, including physical violence, domestic violence, name-calling and bullying
  • Taking or damaging a disabled person’s possessions
  • Treating a person badly because they are disabled

The ‘Stop the Hate’ web site is the home of the Strategic Hate Crime Prevention Partnership (SHCPP) operating in Essex. This site is the one-stop shop for information and advice for all matters concerning hate, including disability hate crime, in Essex. Cindy Peacock from ecdp is a member of this group and regularly attends meetings to represent the views and opinions of ecdp members and clients.

Essex Police have produced an easy read document on hate crime which you can access by clicking on this link 

What to do if you experience disability hate crime

If you experience disability hate crime, you should do the following:

  • As soon as you can, go somewhere you know is safe and get help
  • In an emergency call 999. Otherwise call the police on 101
  • Tell the police what has happened and why you think it is a hate crime
  • If you do not have the confidence to talk to the police you can visit a Hate Incident Reporting Centre (HIRC). HIRC’s, are community venues where people can report hate incidents and hate crimes, either as a victim or a witness. Details of HIRCs and be found by clicking here 
  • You can also report hate crimes online at www.report-it.org.uk
  • You can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Have you experienced disability hate crime?

ecdp is interested in gathering our members’ and clients’ experiences in this area. Please contact communications@ecdp.co.uk if you would like to share your story.

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