Inclusion London’s evidence on Hate Crime to London Assembly

Inclusion London have submitted evidence on Disability Hate Crime to the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee

Inclusion London welcomes the opportunity to provide evidence on hate crime to the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee.

On 23 May 2019 at City Hall, Louise Holden and Henrietta Doyle from Inclusion London were invited to attend the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee. They gave evidence on behalf of the London DDPO Hate Crime Partnership. The panel also included GALOP, Tell Mama and Stop Hate UK.

The meeting was Live Streamed and you can watch it on You Tube below:

Louise Holden reported “For this Partnership to be recognised as the voice of Disabled Victims of Hate Crime and to be invited to sit on the panel is vital… we need to continue our work together to raise awareness of Hate Crime in our communities and make sure no one has to suffer alone. These public committees work for us and we need to be able to support them to hold the London Mayor to account. We cannot do this without the support of DDPO members of the Partnership who are working directly with Disabled people across London.”

“Our evidence that MPs comments in the press over the last ten years were having a negative affect on the public’s perception of Disabled people, which has led to an increase in Disabled people being victimised was met by incredulity by some of the committee.”

“The Chair, Mr Unmesh Desai has put Disability Hate Crime as one of the committee’s top priorities and is concerned with the low levels of reports and convictions so will be visiting Inclusion London to find out more about our work.”

Our evidence

Our evidence focuses on disability hate crime (DHC) and Deaf and Disabled’s people’s experience.  We provided written answers to the Committee’s questions:

  1. Why hate crime is increasing e.g. greater willingness to report?
  2. How hate crime is mainly experienced by victims e.g. verbal harassment or physical abuse; aggravated or motivated crime?
  3. What the barriers to reporting hate crime are?
  4. How reporting of disability hate crime could be improved, as a significantly under-reported crime?
  5. The role for the police in tackling hate crime and how the Met compares with other forces in terms of response?
  6. Views on the changes to the investigation of hate crime, resulting from the introduction of Basic Command Units.
  7. Views on what needs to change to better tackle online hate crime.
  8. Victims’ experiences of the criminal justice response to hate crime, why many drop out of the process and how this might be improved.
  9. Impact of rhetoric from politicians and media

You can view our full report here.

Inclusion London have also submitted a report on housing providers’ role to support Deaf and Disabled people exploited by gangs. View the report here.