All too often, people are targeted by criminals because they have a learning disability. Many are stolen from, verbally abused, assaulted, and some incidents have even resulted in murder. In other cases, people with a learning disability will become victim of crime by people who are pretending to be their friends.
These crimes are hate crimes. We’re working with organisations across Wales so that they can improve the way they record incidents, and make it easier for someone with a learning disability to report hate crimes when they happen.
Mencap Cymru also work with people with a learning disability to make sure that they’re aware of what counts as hate crime, and how they can report it. We’ve produced a leaflet explaining this, which you can download at the bottom of the page.
To stop learning disability hate crime from happening in the first place, people with a learning disability need to be better represented by society. We’re working with the National Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Government to help introduce policies which will increase the status of people with a learning disability in their communities.
If a learning disability hate crime has happened to you or someone you know, you can report it by ringing the Wales Learning Disability Helpline free on 0808 808 1111.
Mencap Cymru teamed up with Disability Wales and the Welsh Government in December 2012 to bring together disabled people and media professionals to discuss how they are portrayed in newspapers and television programmes.
As part of Learning Disability Week in 2012, a group of people with a learning disability and their families from across Wales met with politicians and professionals to discuss learning disability hate crime. Read more about the event.