I am a parent or carer
As a parent or carer, you want to protect the person you care for from hate crime.
If you, and the person you care for, understand the risks and warning signs of autism and learning disability hate crime, you will be better prepared to prevent it and report it.
Talking to the person you care for about hate crime
It is important you understand hate crime so you can discuss it with the person you care for an answer their questions or concerns.
It is important the person you care for understands autism and learning disability hate crime too. Being aware is the first step to preventing a serious crime taking place and knowing there are people who can help can provide comfort.
Accessible information about hate crime can be found here.
Somebody might be a victim of hate crime if
- They are giving away their possessions or money – Coercion, mate crime
- Their possessions or money are going missing – Theft
- Their possessions or property is damaged or destroyed – Property damage, intimidation
- They have suspicious marks or bruises – Physical abuse
- They are sore or have markings around their genitals or other areas of their body – Sexual abuse
- Their mood has changed, they might retreat or display challenging behaviour – Verbal abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, intimidation
- They are afraid to go somewhere, leave their home or go home – Intimidation
- They talk about friends but their stories are concerning – Mate crime, coercion
- They smell of alcohol or there’s signs of drug abuse – Coercion
- They are using harmful coping strategies, such as self-harm or alcohol abuse
- Their anxiety has increased with no immediate cause
- There are changes in their self-care and hygiene
You know the person you care for best – if you notice something that causes you concern it’s important you try to understand what has caused it.
I think someone I know is a victim of hate crime
If you suspect someone is a victim of a hate crime, there are different ways you can report it.
You will also need to support the victim through the experience and help them overcome it. If you report the hate crime to the police you might have to work with them and the Crown Prosecution
Service while the case is investigated and the perpetrator is on trial.
Through #ImWithSam, we have worked with the police force and the Crown Prosecution Service to provide guidance on how to handle cases of autism and learning disability hate crime.
Everybody is different, and you know how to support the person you care for best. It’s important to know that they can overcome these experiences and with patience, support and people around them they can trust.
You might also need some professional support. Our Positive Behaviour Support team have worked with victims of hate crime and understand techniques and processes that can help. Find out more about their work.
How Clive overcame his experiences of disability hate crime
Clive was a victim of autism and learning disability hate crime. In summer 2017 he presented his experiences to a crowd of people and, with his Behaviour Analyst, explained how he overcame them and moved forward.
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Through our campaign against autism and learning disability hate crime, we are working with organisations, professionals and influencers to tackle hate crime at its roots and improve support for victims.
In the first year of #ImWithSam we worked with the Crown Prosecution Service, Police Force, Law Commission and PSHE Association. We drove changes to the criminal justice system, police training and school teaching.