If you or someone you know has been a victim of disability hate crime, this free resource will give you the tools to recognise the signs and know how to report it.

This free training resource and training pack, produced by United Response and West Yorkshire Police, aims to provide guidance to support workers, family members and friends of people with disabilities and autism. You will learn how to have conversations with people, explaining what a hate crime is in easy-to-understand language, and be given the tools to know how to report it to the authorities.

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Free disability hate crime training resourceWhat is disability hate crime?

Any criminal 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.

Statistics on disability hate crime in the UK 

Thirty-two of the 43 police forces across England and Wales which responded to a Freedom of Information request from United Response recorded a total of 5,342 disability hate crimes in 2017-18 – a dramatic 33% rise on the 4,005 offences from the previous year.

These new figures also reveal that last year, 2,271 hate crimes were recorded as ‘violence against the person’ – more than any other single type of crime and up 17% from the year before. This includes physical assaults, stalking, harassment and malicious communications.

What are the signs of a hate crime?

Signs which are classed as hate crime are very similar to ‘bullying’. These could be:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewellery
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Children may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self-esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviours such as running away from home, harming themselves or talking about suicide

Download the Disability Hate Crime Training Resource (FREE)