Working together to tackle disability hate crime Date published: 3rd December 2015 9.34am

Cheshire Police are encouraging victims of disability hate crime, to take the time to report the crime.

Some people are unsure as to whether they are a victim of hate crime. The case study below highlights an example of a disability hate crime.

A lady in a wheel chair was on her way to visit a family member, when she was approached by two young lads in the street, who shouted abuse at her because she was in a wheelchair.

The victim contacted the police, and was visited by an officer who took her statement and provided her with support. The officer instigated an investigation, which identified two suspects whose images were captured on local CCTV cameras.

Inspector Ian Stead from Cheshire Constabulary’s Partnership Unit said, “Anyone who experiences abuse as a result of their disability should contact the Police, and if you feel under threat please call 999.

“There are support services available to anyone who suffers a hate crime. Our commitment is to be here for our communities and victims. We will provide you with the support you need as well as organisations in your local area.

“Please take the time, and report hate crime.”

Remember hate crime can take many forms including:

  • Physical attacks – such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson.
  • Threat of attack – including offensive letters, abusive or obscene phone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate and unfounded, malicious complaints.
  • Verbal abuse or insults – offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside home or through letter boxes and bullying at school in in the work place.

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 via www.report-it.org.uk