The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of what hate crime is and how serious it is, encourage reporting of hate crime to the police, and promote local support services and resources.
For us at Mencap, this is an important opportunity to raise awareness of disability hate crime. Why? Because in the last two years alone there were 124,000 disability hate crimes. That’s almost 1,200 every single week. But, only 3% of these were recorded by the police, and only 1% resulted in prosecutions.
Hate crime robs people of their confidence, their independence and, sometimes, their lives.
I am DCI Melanie Palin and I have been a police officer in South Yorkshire for the last 21 years. South Yorkshire Police is committed to preventing people from being victims of crime, and for bringing offenders to justice. It is our job to protect people.
Download our easy read guide on what to do if you are a victim of hate crime.
For this discussion blog, the Campaigns assistants, Ciara, Youssef, Leroy and Josie, discuss their thoughts on learning disability hate crime and how people with a learning disability are treated by the justice system...
Campaigns lead Jo Davies challenges what you really know about hate crime - some of the facts may surprise you...
My name is Richard Lawrence. I am a Projects Support Assistant at Mencap. I have a learning disability. For Hate Crime Awareness Week, I have written a blog about learning disability hate crime, my personal story and how I still feel emotionally affected.
For Hate Crime Awareness Week, Simon Parkinson, Director of external relations at Mencap, writes about the current situation of disability hate crime in the UK...
What can you do to help?
Ask your local Police and Crime Commissioner to take the PCC pledge
Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) set police forces' priorities in England and Wales. We want PCCs to take the PCC pledge and stand by people with a learning disability to end hate crime
Ask your local police force to sign the Stand by me police promise
We want all police services to show support for people with a learning disability who are victims of hate crime, by signing up to the 'Stand by me' promise
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