15th – 20th October 2018 is National Hate Crime Awareness Week here in the United Kingdom.
According to Police figures across England and Wales there has been a 33% increase in disability hate crime in 2017-18 compared to the previous year. These figures, reported in The Independent on Monday, are based on Freedom of Information requests made by the charity United Response responded to by 32 of the 43 police forces. The charity also states they believe disability hate crimes are underreported despite rising figures.
Any crime or incident which you believe is happening because of race, ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability is a hate crime.
As Co-Chair for Disability Labour I am keen to work with charities, Police and Crime Commissioners, and other organisations to highlight this problem and call for further work to be done to recognise the signs of hate crimes and know how to report them.
Here in the North West, I’m working with Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, and Disability Equality North West, to highlight the #SayNoToHate campaign, which is highlighting the issue and providing Support to Report centres across Lancashire.
Any hate crime is unacceptable. Full stop.
If you are concerned about disability hate crime or are concerned that someone you know may be the victim of any kind of hate crime then please report it. It’s important that we shine a light on this issue and do all we can to eradicate hate crime.
The Self Evident app from Witness Confident is a quick, easy and safe way to report hate crime wherever you are.
Thanks to Disability Talk for use of the No Hate logo.