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Safe Hate Crime reporting

03 February 2015

Katie Cutler’s decision to set up an online donation page to help a disabled man who had his collar bone broken by a mugger is to be commended

It was a very decent and praiseworthy reaction and sends out a positive message for attitudes to disability.

However, given the number of reported hate crimes it is not possible to set up donation pages for everyone. Disability Rights UK would like to see hate crime safely and more widely reported until it is eradicated altogether.

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 and nothing will change.

Disability Rights UK has produced a number of practical guides aimed at stopping disability hate crime. By reporting disability hate crime you are enabling your local police force to get a better picture of disability hate crime in your area. This could mean that further disability hate crimes are prevented because the police have a better understanding of the amount of crime in their area and they can use that information to better tackle it.

Disability Rights UK has produced a number of Let's Stop Disability Hate Crime guides which you can download.

We want to empower disabled people and their organisations to tackle disability hate crime by:

  • Developing a national independent disability hate crime reporting centre;
  • Providing guidance on minimum standards for such reporting centres to empower disabled people’s organisations to set up their own reporting centres; and
  • Raising disabled people’s awareness of disability hate crime and incidents and how to report them.