New statistics from the Home Office show that there were 5558 disability hate crimes recorded by the police in 2016/17, but significant gaps in data mean we still don’t know how many of these victims have a learning disability or autism.
The report comes on the same day Dimensions launches a new video to raise awareness of learning disability and autism hate crime.
Mark Brookes, Campaign Advisor at Dimensions and spokesperson on hate crime commented “I want the Home Office data to show how many people with learning disabilities and autism are targeted each year.
“It would make it easier to raise awareness and show victims that hate crime against them is being taken seriously.”
The increase of 53% on last year’s figures has been attributed to improved rates of reporting. However, it is not clear from current data gathering whether reporting rates have risen for victims with learning disabilities and autism.
Dimension’s own analysis with the ONS suggests those with learning disabilities and autism are the most common victims of disability hate crime.
The #ImWithSam campaign has called for disaggregation of disability hate crime statistics so that policymakers, police and campaigners can better understand the prevalence of learning disability and autism hate crime and whether initiatives to tackle it are effective.
Mark continued “It’s good that reporting is going up, but lots of people with learning disabilities and autism still don’t realise they can report a hate crime or are worried they won’t be taken seriously.”
“There is no way of knowing things are getting better until we can see changes for each disability group and that more reports are coming from people with learning disabilities and autism.”
Find out more about our hate crime campaign #ImWithSam.
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