Police figures show an increase in hate crime against the disabled
Police data has revealed an increase in hate crime towards disabled people in the United Kingdom.
The figures show that over 2,000 offences were reported to the police last year. This marked an increase of more than 30% from 2010.
On the whole, the instances of hate crime fell across England, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Figures fell from 48,127 to 44,519.
Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Drew Harris, from the Crime Operations Department, has said that the increase in hate crime against the disabled could possibly be put down to the crime being under reported in the past.
ACC Harris went on to say that people should no longer be afraid of reporting instances of hate crime to the authorities.
He said, “We are determined to reduce the harm caused by hate crime and as a service, we have listened to victims' groups who have told us that publishing this data will improve confidence in the police and the wider criminal justice system.”
In an effort to promote tolerance and integration, instances of hate crime have been tracked since 2008. A hate crime is motivated by unprovoked aggression towards a person based on religion, race, disability, or sexual orientation.