Disability hate crime is a blight on society. How can a civilised society allow such hostility and prejudice to exist in the 21 Century? With 11 million disabled people in the
So what can be done to deal with this discrepancy?
Disability hate crime has a profound affect on disabled people’s lives. To truly tackle it their needs to be an increase in the number of crimes, and incidents, that are reported. Until, the majority of these crimes are reported there will never be a true picture of the prevalence of disability hate crime in this country.
We must all take responsibility for reporting disability hate crimes whether as the victim, or a witness. Reporting disability hate crime is important because it enables police forces to get a better picture of disability hate crime in their area and consequently how they go about tackling it. It may also prevent further crimes being committed against the victim or other disabled people.
So what is Radar doing about disability hate crime?
Radar has decided to take practical action and work with disabled people’s organisations and the authorities to improve the reporting and recording of disability hate crime.
We have set up a project “Stop Disability Hate Crime” to develop a national independent disability hate crime reporting centre; and as a result provide guidance on minimum standards for such a reporting centre to empower disabled people’s organisations to set up their own reporting centres; and raise disabled peoples’ awareness of disability hate crime and incidents and how to report them.
We need your help with two key issues:
We want to map what disability hate crime third party reporting sites already exist or are considering setting up. Could you e-mail Radar at StopDHC@radar.org.uk or write to Stop DHC, Radar, 12 City Forum,
We would then like to contact you directly to discuss your site in more detail.
We need to get an idea of why disabled people don’t want to report disability hate crime and what would make them more confident to report that crime. We have prepared a small survey which can be found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/StopDHC. You can also find a hard copy on the Radar website (www.radar.org.uk). If you would like a copy of the survey in Easy Read please e-mail or send your name and address to StopDHC@radar.org.uk or Stop DHC, Radar, 12 City Forum, 250 City Road, LONDON. EC1V 8AF.
We would like to hear from as many people and third party reporting sites as possible. So if you are aware of a third party reporting site or you know someone who would have an opinion about disability hate crime, please pass the details of the surveys on to them.
Disabled people should not have to walk in fear of the petty minded prejudice and hostility of a frightened and ignorant minority: who are scared of anything that they don’t understand. Experience tells us that prejudice is deep rooted and extremely difficult to overcome. However, nobody should allow this prejudice and hostility to be accepted or ignored.
So if you are the victim of a disability hate crime or you witness one please report it.
 Hate crime and Crimes against older people report 2009 – 2010 CPS