I have autism or a learning disability
This webpage is for people who have autism or a learning disability and want to find out more about hate crime and how to get help.
This page will:
- Explain what a hate crime is
- Give you some advice about how to stay safe
- Explain how you can talk to the police. You should talk to the police if you think someone has committed a crime against you or is going to commit a crime against you.
What is a hate crime?
A hate crime is when somebody does something that could:
- Hurt you
- Scare you
- Upset you
- Damage your property
- Steal something from you
Who can commit a hate crime?
There is no way of knowing who is going to commit a hate crime.
Sometimes hate crimes are committed by a stranger.
Sometimes hate crimes are committed by people who pretend to be your friend.
Sometimes hate crimes are committed by people who are supposed to care for you.
This does not mean you need to be scared of everybody. There are a lot of good people in the world.
There are some things you can do to protect yourself and understand if you are a victim of a hate crime.
What does a hate crime look like?
If somebody makes you feel scared, it could be a hate crime.
If somebody is damaging your home or things you own, it could be a hate crime.
If somebody is taking money from you, it could be a hate crime.
If somebody is hurting your body or doing things you don’t want them to, it could be a hate crime.
If somebody is shouting things that make you feel upset, it could be a hate crime.
If somebody you know is forcing you to do things you aren’t comfortable with, it could be a hate crime.
If somebody you know isn’t being nice to you or laughs at you, it could be a hate crime.
How can I protect myself?
Knowing what a hate crime is will help you protect yourself. If you think someone is committing a hate crime against you, you should talk to somebody you trust so they can help.
Make sure somebody you trust knows where you are going and when you are going to be back home.
Have your keys in your hand before you get home.
Try to make sure you have your money ready to pay for something before you have to pay.
Look around you. If you think you are in danger call somebody you trust and tell them where you are and where you are going.
If you are worried about your safety, talk to your support team or carer.
Talking to the police
The police are there to help you and to protect you.
You can talk to the police by…
This is a phoneline to tell the police about something that is not an emergency.
You should call this number if you think you have seen somebody acting suspicious.
When somebody answers the phone tell them that you would like to report something and tell them that you have autism or a learning disability. This will help them communicate with you better.
This section talks about calling the police number when it is an emergency
This is the phoneline to tell the police about something that is an emergency.
You should call this number if you, or somebody else, is in danger.
You should tell the person who answers that you need to talk to the police.
You should tell the person that answers that you have autism or a learning disability. This will help them communicate with you better.
Going to the police station
If you think you are in danger you can go to the police station and talk to somebody.
Remember that the police are very busy and you might have to wait for somebody to talk to. Or they might ask you to come back at a different time.
You should tell the person that you are talking to that you think you might be in danger.
You should tell the person that you are talking to that you have autism or a learning disability. This will help them communicate with you better.
Reporting a hate crime online
This section talks about using the internet to report a crime
You can also report a hate crime online.
You might need somebody to support you to do this.
Visit this webpage and click on ‘Click Here to Report to your local police’.
Do not use this method if:
- The person who committed the hate crime is still there
- You or anyone else is hurt or in danger
- You think the person who committed the hate crime will return
If you need help straight away call 999 and tell them you need help from the police.
Read our presentation
Our Campaigns Advisor, Mark, has a learning disability.
Mark has made this presentation about hate crime.
Click the arrows on the bottom to scroll through.
Do you want to show your support for #ImWithSam?
This section talks about how you can support our campaign
We are working with lots of different people to help stop hate crime and make sure victims are supported properly.
By signing up to support #ImWithSam you are showing the world that you want autism and learning disability hate crime to stop.
We will also email you news about how your support is helping us. We are not asking for any money.
You can sign up with your name and email address on this page.