National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020

Share our campaign messages during National Hate Crime Awareness Week, 10 – 17 October 2020

(Image of a banner with no place for Disability Hate Crime for National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020)

During this pandemic, we all need to feel safe and supported by our friends, colleagues and community.

We would not dream of hurting someone. But Disabled people including children have been targeted and physically attacked during this pandemic just because they are Disabled and as if their lives do not matter as much as other peoples. Most Disabled people do not report to police for fear of not being believed or making it worse.

None of us want to live in a community like this.

We want to live in a community where we treat each other with dignity and respect, especially during this pandemic.

Help us to make this happen, find out more via https://www.inclusionlondon.org.uk/campaigns-and-policy/facts-and-information/hate-crime/ 

What you can do

If you are one of our DDPO (Deaf and Disabled People Organisation) Members, you will have received a press pack to support with your National Hate Crime Awareness Week. If you haven’t received one, you can download it here:

Hate Crime Press Pack 2020 

Press Release template 

Template letter to your MP

Share our campaign message on social media, here are some tweet-sized messages:

#WeStandTogether during #NationalHCAW We want to live in a community where we treat each other with dignity and respect, especially during #COVID19. #DisabledPeopleLoveWorkPlay https://tinyurl.com/y2j7r8sa

We would not dream of hurting someone. But people report being assaulted & physically attacked during #COVID19 just because they are Disabled. None of us want to live in a community like this. #WeStandTogether #LoveNotHate #DisabledPeopleLoveWorkPlay https://tinyurl.com/y2j7r8sa

Challenge your ideas about Disability

https://www.inclusionlondon.org.uk/disability-in-london/social-model/the-social-model-of-disability-and-the-cultural-model-of-deafness/

Support your local DDPO (link to directory)

https://www.inclusionlondon.org.uk/directory/services/disability-hate-crime-support/

Further Information

During this pandemic, most of us have experienced loneliness, isolation, anxiety, not being able to get our food delivered, difficulty accessing health services and having to rely on friends and family if we have been ill. Many things that a lot of Disabled people experienced before COVID19 and will continue to do so regardless of Government guidance and easing of lockdown measures due to having underlying health conditions and continuing to shield. On top of this, we have seen an increase in referrals for support with Disability Hate Crimes. Imagine having to deal with the pandemic and also worried that you are going to be targeted for being ‘a drain on resources’ or a ‘virus spreader’. Or being targeted because your Disabled child is making too much noise while you are all shielding at home. We hope that you can empathise more with the challenges many Disabled people have to face and if you can only do one thing, be kind!