What does a disability hate incident look like?
A disability hate incident is any incident where you or someone else has been targeted because they or you are believed to have a disability.
No two hate incidents are the same but they may include the following:
- Verbal abuse and name-calling
- Physical attack
- Graffiti or other deliberate damage to property
- Written or recorded threats
- Cyber Bullying
If you see someone getting hassled, and you think it is because they are disabled you can report it as an incident, even if the victim has not done so.
In September 2014 Leicester University’s Hate Crime Project found that 90% of disabled people who took part had been a victim of verbal abuse. You can read the Disablist Hate Crime Briefing Paper by clicking here
In the ‘Getting Away With Murder Disabled people’s experiences of hate crime in the UK’ report, statistics from the first national survey of people with learning difficulties, carried out by the charity Mencap in 2000, found that nearly nine out of ten respondents said that they had been ‘bullied’.
These incidents don’t just affect the lives of those involved but affect their friends, their families, and every part of the local community.
If hate incidents are not reported, the bullies, bigots and thugs will feel their behaviour is totally acceptable and that they can continue to abuse people whenever they feel like it.