Results from an analysis of the British Crime Survey suggest that 9 out of ten disabled people have been the victims of disability hate crime
However, there appears to be still a lack of clarity and understanding as to what constitutes a disability hate crime and under reporting of such crimes. Mencap’s Don’t Stand By report pointed out that only around 3% of incidents are recorded by the police as hate crimes and 1% lead to convictions.
A joint review of how the police, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and probation trusts deal with disability hate crime, recommended better joint co-ordination of community engagement projects undertaken by police and CPS and the need for the CPS to improve performance in relation to case preparation
The Mencap Stand by me campaign aims to support people with learning disabilities to tell their stories, to get better information and support when they are victims of hate crime and to help criminal justice and social services organisations improve their responses to this issue.
This week the campaign is supporting Disability Hate Crime Awareness Week and on Friday 18th October, Elf readers are invited to join in Mencap’s twitter chat on disability hate crime by following the hashtag #LDhatecrime.
The joint review referred to above points out that disability hate crime not only impacts on the individuals involved, but also has a negative impact on communities in relation to cohesion and integration.