Disability Hate Crime
Following on from successful campaigning The Disability Hate Crime Action Group Cymru has been set up. It is an informal partnership of organisations who wish to make a difference in respect of Disability Hate Crime and impairment related harassment in Wales. The group raises awareness of Disability Hate Crime and harassment with disabled people and the general public and through this increase reporting and convictions of Disability Hate Crime.
Disability Hate Crime is a serious issue in Wales. It is reported that Disabled people in Wales are four times more likely to experience harassment than non-disabled citizens. However, it is anticipated that the real number of Disability Hate Crime incidents is much higher and many incidents are not reported. Recent research suggests that 56% of disabled people say they have experienced hostility, aggression or violence from a stranger because of the perpetrator’s hostility towards their condition or impairment.
Disability Wales leads The Disability Hate Crime Action Group Cymru, you can find out more about the group and disability hate crime on their website http://www.disabilitywales.org/disability-hate-crime/