Being targeted because of your disability is a hate crime. Cheshire Police are encouraging people to come forward and report it.
“It’s recognised nationally that disability hate crime is underreported,”
said Deputy Chief Constable Janette McCormick.
“I urge everyone to take the time to report hate crime, whether you’re the victim, a relative, a friend or a carer, we all play a part in tackling this abhorrent crime.”
Between September 2014 and August 2015, 765 incidents of hate crime were reported to Cheshire Police. 62 of these were disability related, and the police believe that this figure is just the tip of the iceberg.
Deputy Chief Constable McCormick added,
“Nobody should suffer abuse of any kind, and here in Cheshire we take this type of crime very seriously. Come and talk to us about hate crime, we’ll listen and care – either by offering support ourselves or sign posting victims to the right services. We’re here to support victims and our communities and will do all we can to bring offenders to justice.”
You can report hate crime to Cheshire Police by dialling 101, or in emergencies 999. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to the police, you can report them via community reporting centres, or online.