#ImWithSam hate crime definitions and statistics

Our survey found that more than 70% of people have experienced disability hate crime and have been subjected to crimes including physical attacks, gang rape and emotional manipulation.

What is a hate crime?

A hate crime is defined by the Crown Prosecution Service as: “Any 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 crimes can come in many forms

  • Verbal abuse
    “I’ve been called a paedophile, druggie, weirdo, retard…”
  • Physical abuse
    “My son was bullied at school and online…He has been called a retard and a boy tried to gouge his eyes out.”
  • Theft
    “I had my mobile phone stolen in GCSEs…at uni other students told me I was targeted because I was weird.”
  • Intimidation
    “I have been at the end of very serious threats to my life.”
  • Property damage
    “We had equipment provided to keep our disabled child safe repeatedly damaged.”
  • Coercion by someone you do or do not know
    “A group of people pretended to be my friends and conned me out of £4,000.”
  • Mate crime
    “…it was against my son, he said: It’s ok mummy, they’re my friends.”

Disability hate crime statistics

  • Recent Home Office statistics show a 53% year on year increase in hate crime
  • 5,558 disability hate crimes were recorded by the police in 2016/17. A rise on 3,629 in 2015/16
  • The National Crime Survey estimates a true figure of 70,000 disability related hate crimes
  • Public Health England estimated in 2011 that 191,000 people have a learning disability
  • The NHS estimates 700,000 people have autism

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