At the launch held in the Houses of Parliament this week, I met with a number of leading learning disability charities to hear about the impact of hate crime on the everyday lives of the people they support.
Learning disability hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived, either by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability. Compared with other forms of hate crime, learning disability hate crime is under-reported as victims are not aware of how or to whom they should report such incidents.
Dimensions UK has this week published new survey data on the experience of Learning Disability Hate Crime showing frightening levels of prevalence of hate crime targeting people with a learning disability or autism. The victims of hate crime are frequently left feeling vulnerable, powerless, depressed and less comfortable leaving the house.
The campaign is bringing together a wide range of partners, speaking with a single voice and advocating an eight point blueprint for change which includes the separation of disability hate statistics compiled by the police and others into learning disability/autism categories amongst other disabilities, a change in the law to make disability hate online a crime in its own right and steps to make it easier for people with learning disabilities to report hate crime.
It is completely unacceptable that some of the most vulnerable people in our society are being treated in such a way. Hate crime of any kind is not acceptable. Learning disability hate crime can have such a devastating impact on victims and their families need far greater awareness and action.
I am very pleased to support Dimensions UK’s eight point plan to end learning disability hate crime.
For more information visit https://www.dimensions-uk.org/