Devastating impact of disability hate crime

6 September 2016

Responding to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission report released today on crime and disabled people, Leonard Cheshire Disability campaigns director Peter Jenkins said:

'The impact of disability hate crime is devastating for disabled people and their families. 

'Crimes against disabled people are often not even reported to the police because many victims don’t know who to talk to or how to report attacks. Victims of disability hate crime often continue to suffer long lasting anxiety often leaving them too scared to leave their homes.

'At Leonard Cheshire we have been running a successful scheme in Northern Ireland working with the police to support victims and their carers to report disability hate crime and we would hope to see programmes like this expanded across the UK to improve the monitoring and reporting of disability hate crime.'

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Notes to editors

Be Safe Stay Safe is run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and funded through the Big Lottery Fund’s Safe and Well Programme. It helps disabled people to overcome the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour through advice, awareness training and practical support.

The programme also includes the Hate Crime Advocacy Scheme, which supports victims of disability hate crime to report incidents to the police and navigate the criminal justice system

Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries. Follow us on Twitter: @LeonardCheshire.