Reporting Disability Hate Crime
If you have experienced disability hate crime, you can report it using these resources.
Call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.
Emergency 999 SMS text service
For Deaf people or people who have difficulty with speech.
If you cannot make voice calls, you can contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone.
Emergency SMS is part of the standard 999 service which has been designed specifically for people with hearing loss or people who have difficulty with speech, including people with asthma.
You will need to register your mobile phone before using the emergency SMS service.
More information is available at: http://www.emergencysms.org.uk/
An Emergency SMS leaflet is available to download here:Emergency SMS Leaflet
If the crime isn’t an emergency call 101 or contact your local police, third party reporting centre or specialist Hate Crime Service. It is common to not realise when an incident or crime is actually a hate crime, so please contact someone for advice if you are not sure.
The Community Alliance To Combat Hate (CATCH) is a way for people who have experienced hate to get the maximum amount of help with a minimum amount of hassle. CATCH is open to anyone experiencing hate in London. If you experienced a hate crime elsewhere, you can still get in touch.
DDPOs providing hate crime support services
Inclusion London provide information about DDPOs offering support to victims of hate crime in London via their DDPO directory.
- Truevision information on how to report disability hate crime incidents is available at: http://www.report-it.org.uk/disability_hate_crime1
- Truevision reporting forms are available at: http://www.report-it.org.uk/self_reporting_form
- Disability Hate Crime pack is available at: http://www.report-it.org.uk/files/true_vision_dhc_final_book_secure_1.pdf
- Truevision Easy Read Reporting book, is available at: http://www.report-it.org.uk/files/disability_hate_crime_book_low.pdf
People in England and Wales who have experienced, witnessed or know someone who is experiencing Learning Disability Hate Crime can contact the Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime helpline on 0808 802 1155 for support and information. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It is free to call the Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime helpline from landlines and most mobiles and the number won’t show on a phone bill.
Stophateuk also provides information about hate crime in general, which is available at: http://www.stophateuk.org/
The Code sets out what each criminal justice agency must do for victims and the timeframe in which they must do it. Easy Read Version available.
The Crown Prosecution Services provides information on disability hate crime. Some information is in easy read. The information is available at: http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/d_to_g/disability_hate_crime/
Video about hate crime by DeafPLUS
Videos about hate crime on people with visible differences
The charity Changing Faces has films of experts by experience to highlight how hate crimes affect people with visible differences. The films are available at: https://www.changingfaces.org.uk/campaigns/whatishatecrime
Video about hate crime by Lewisham Speaking Up
The charity Lewisham Speaking Up have produced a powerful film about hate crime, “Taking over flat”, available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbidU97rrw0&t=16s
Anti-bullying in schools
A worksheet that explores Disabled people’s experiences of being bullied when they were at school and thinks about what we can all do together to prevent these experiences being repeated for all school children today. It is an ALLFIE resource endorsed by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, available at: http://howwasschool.org.uk/resource_type/additional-worksheets/
I Am Me film has been developed which can be used as a free resource by any school, group or staff base by I Am Me Scotland: