Mencap responds to the Association of Chief Police Officers hate crime figures
Tuesday 30 November 2010
David Congdon, Mencap's head of policy and campaigns, said:
"The figures released today by the the Association of Chief Police Officers showing an increase in hate crime are a serious concern. Mencap is particularly concerned about the under-reporting of hate crimes against people with disabilities.
People with a learning disability do not always go to the police. When they do, the police do not always record or investigate the crime as a hate crime, instead choosing to investigate it as anti-social behaviour. Hate crime against people with a learning disability needs to be taken as seriously as race-related and homophobic hate crimes.
Disability awareness training is crucial for all existing and new police officers so people with a learning disability feel more able to report crimes.
Tackling hate crime must be a priority. People with a learning disability should be able to live their lives free from fear of harassment and abuse."
For more information please contact Nicola Thompson on 0207 696 5414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
- About Mencap
Mencap supports the 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK and their families and carers. Mencap fights to change laws and improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities, supporting thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want.
We are also the largest service provider of services, information and advice for people with a learning disability across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. See http://www.mencap.org.uk/ for more information.
- About learning disability
A learning disability is caused by the way the brain develops before, during or shortly after birth. It is always lifelong and affects someone's intellectual and social development. It used to be called mental handicap but this term is outdated and offensive. Learning disability is NOT a mental illness. The term learning difficulty is often incorrectly used interchangeably with learning disability.