Radio 119 interview
The Radio 119 team talk to Tony O'Connell about the hate crime project. Listen to it here. October 2016 - 15 minutes
How many people are affected?
How many people are affected by hate crime?
According to data acquired by The Independent newspaper via Freedom of Information request, disability hate crimes recorded but the police have risen to 2,765 incidents in 2014-15 compared to 1955 in 2013-14.
That's a staggering 41%!
Campaigners say that he figures are just the tip of the iceberg.
Read the full article here.
- almost 9 in 10 people with a learning disability surveyed had experienced bullying or harassment in the last year
- of those, two thirds were victims regularly and one third were being bullied on a daily or weekly basis
- three quarters of people had experienced bullying or harassment in a public place
- half of the people surveyed had suffered verbal abuse, and a quarter had been physically assaulted
Source: Living in Fear report, 2000
Although the situation is improving, there is a long way to go and much of hate crime still goes unreported. This project aims to help to raise awareness of disability hate crime, how to cope with it and how to report it.
The Brandon Trust
The 2013 report by the Brandon Trust was released alongside a UK-wide survey involving 2,000 adults and revealed that 72% questioned did not know what disability hate crime was and only 23% would report such a crime if they witnessed it.
95% of those asked did not know what mate crime was, while 9% said they had witnessed someone with learning disabilities being bullied.
If you are a victim of hate crime tell someone you trust. They could be family, friend, care worker, social worker, doctor or police.