Response to disability hate crime report by Criminal Justice Joint Inspectorates

21 May 2015

Commenting on the report released today by the Criminal Justice Joint Inspectorates on disability hate crime, Andy Cole, Director of Corporate Affairs at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said:

‘Disability hate crime is devastating for disabled people, and its impact cannot be underestimated. As well as the terrible impact of violence and harassment on the lives of disabled people, too often disability hate crime leaves people isolated and vulnerable, unable to lead independent lives because of the ongoing threat of violence.

‘It is extremely concerning that the police, prosecutors and probation services have not made any meaningful progress in their efforts to deal with disability hate crime over the past two years. This report must act as a wakeup call. When only 2,000 victims of disability hate crime out of an estimated 62,000 report their experiences to the police, it is clear that something is seriously wrong.’

Note to editors

In Northern Ireland, Leonard Cheshire Disability works in partnership with the Department of Justice and the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) to support victims of disability hate crime, and develop preventative approaches to stop this terrible crime happening in the first place. It is vital that this approach is rolled out across the UK, and for all parts of the criminal justice network to learn the lessons that our experience in Northern Ireland has to teach.

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