Stop Hate UK have released their annual report for 2011-2012. Figures show that an increasing number of people are reporting Hate Crimes related to their disability. For the first time Stop Hate UK has received more reports of Hate Crime relating to the victim’s disability than for Hate Crimes relating to the victims race or ethnicity. In 2011-2012 Stop Hate UK received 474 calls reporting Hate Crimes or incidents relating to the victims disability and 448 relating to the victims race or ethnicity.
Stop Hate UK is encouraged to see that more people are coming forward and reporting incidents to their service, however Stop Hate UK believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg and that many victim’s are still not reporting their experiences to either independent reporting services or the Police. More work needs to be done nationally to encourage victims of Disability, Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Hate Crime as well as victims of Hate Crime that are not covered by these officially monitored strands to come forward and report what is happening to them.
Some of the harrowing calls Stop Hate UK have received this year show that the problem of targeting people because of their religion, race, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity is not going away and that for some people it is a regular part of their everyday experience. One caller spoke to Stop Hate UK after her family had been targeted for months by gangs of youths armed with knives and other weapons. The family were too frightened to report incidents to the Police but with Stop Hate UK’s help and support they felt able to start making reports again. They were targeted because of their ethnic background.
A group of friends out for a drink reported being verbally abused and physically assaulted with some ending up in hospital. This serious incident was motivated by the victim’s disabilities. Another caller to our helpline was followed and photographed for nearly 20 minutes because of her gender identity.
These types of crimes have a massive impact on the victim, their family and friends and the wider community in which they live. Stop Hate UK is working with the Police and agencies around the Country to encourage reporting so that Hate Crime can be dealt with efficiently and effectively whenever it occurs.
Download the Stop Hate Annual Report here: Stop_Hate_UK_FINAL_2011-2012