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Disability hate crime

Find what disability hate crime is and what steps you can take if you see it happen or it happens to you.

What is disability hate crime?

Disability hate crime is a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim – or any other person – to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability.

Hate crime can take place in person, online or by phone. It includes things like verbal and physical abuse, harassment, threatening behaviour and intimidation or damage to property.

Sometimes it is a one-off incident from a stranger, other times it’s an ongoing pattern of behaviour.

What can I do to stop disability hate crime?

If you’ve been a victim of disability hate crime, or know someone who has been a victim, you can report it if you feel safe to do so.

Disability hate crime should always be taken seriously, and no one should have to experience it, especially when out having fun with a friend!

How to report Hate Crime

Report it to the police

You can report it to the police by calling 101 or by filling out their online form.

You can also report it online with your regional police force on their own websites.

If you’d prefer to speak to someone in person, you can also visit your local police station to report the crime.

Report social media hate crime

If you see disability hate crime taking place online, you can report it directly to the website, platform or forum.

Here are some useful links:

Sign our social media pledge

Join us in our pledge this National Hate Crime Awareness Week to drive down disability hate crime on social media and support victims.

I pledge to:

  • Call out disability hate crime – if I see offensive language being used or witness abuse, I will report it to the social media platform or to the police.
  • Take the time to learn about disability hate crime and have conversations with my friends about its impact.
  • Be an ally – reach out to victims, show my support, help them report the crime and offer to be a witness if they need one.
  • Share this pledge with my friends and families and show my solidarity with victims of online disability hate crime.

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