We are a 3rd Party Hate Crime Reporting Centre!

SDEF has now become a 3rd Party Hate Crime Reporting Centre.

As part of our remit, Scottish Disability Equality Forum will be working with various organisations to help reduce disability hate crime.  In order to achieve this, we must ensure that disabled people know:

We are working with Access Panels to provide those affected by disability hate crime with access to support and guidance on dealing with disability hate crime.  By empowering disabled people to come forward and report these crimes, we can all work towards securing a more tolerant future for those affected by disability.

What is disability hate crime?

Hate crimes and incidents are any crime or incident which is targeted at a victim because of the offender’s hostility or prejudice against an identifiable group of people.

So any incident or crime, which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated because of a person’s disability or perceived disability will be recorded as such. This can be committed against a person or property.

A disability hate crime is:

“Any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability.”

The Equality Act 2010 (EA) generally defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

The definition of disability hate crime would include anyone who was targeted as a result of his or her disability or impairment, as defined by the EA.

How to report hate crime?

All hate crimes and incidents should be reported. By reporting incidents, you will enable the police, local councils, housing associations etc to build up patterns of behaviour locally, and highlight areas of concern within your community.

But more importantly, you can get the support you may need and help ensure that offenders are brought to justice and cannot to the same to other people.

There are several ways you can report a hate crime, whether you have been a victim, a witness, or you are reporting on behalf of someone else:

  1. In an emergency
    • call 999
    • If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone. However, you will only be able to use this service if you have registered with emergencySMS first. See the emergencySMS website for details.
  2. Contact your local police station
    • Who you can speak to in confidence. You do not have to give your personal details, but please be aware the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s) is severely limited if the police cannot contact you. Contact your local police force, either by telephone or by visiting your local police station. Details on how to contact your local police force can be found on the Police Scotland website
  3. Report online
  4. 3rd party reporting centres
  5. Crimestoppers
    • If you do not want to talk to the police or fill in the reporting forms, you can still report a hate crime by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via their website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org You do not have to give your name and what you say is confidential. It is free to
    • call.

Who to contact?

I Am Me – www.iammescotland.co.uk

I Am Me is a community charity which works in partnership with Police Scotland to raise awareness of Disability Hate Crime (recognised as one of the most under report crimes in the UK).

The project aims to raise awareness with local young people and disability groups through the power of drama and film aimed at challenging attitudes and behaviours towards disabled people. Since the launch in September 2013, a live performance was delivered to over 10,000 people, including High schools, disability groups, staff groups, the police training college and the Scottish Parliament. A softer version, designed for primary school children was delivered to around 8,000 children in Renfrewshire.