National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017
The week runs from Saturday 14th October until Saturday 21st October 2017.
At Leonard Cheshire Disability we are passionate about advocating for people with disabilities. Research carried out by LCD found that 18% of disabled people who were a victim of a crime thought that it was motivated by them having a disability. Further to this 30% of the people questioned said that they have experienced hostility due to having a disability.
A shocking statistic the researched found was that 27% of disabled people did not report hate crimes that they were a victim of to the police. It was highlighted that these individuals either thought that their case was not serious and they wouldn’t be listened to or they just are unaware of how to report these crimes.
To help support National Hate Crime week Leonard Cheshire Disability #teamomagh in conjunction with the P.S.N.I hosted an anti-hate crime event. The event invited local people with disabilities along with other voluntary and community organisations along with local political representatives to provide information to help raise understanding around reporting and seeking advice and support relating to hate crime.