A life without fear? A call for collective action against learning disability hate crime

SIMMONDS R., et al
Mental Health Foundation
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This report highlights the serious under-reporting of learning disability hate crime and identifies examples of good practice to prevent and tackle learning disability hate crime. It reports on the results of a scoping survey and mapping of schemes addressing learning disability hate crime across the UK. The survey identified schemes which were: providing awareness raising, providing support to people with learning disabilities in a community setting, offering advocacy to learning disability hate crime victims and providing training for staff and other organisations. The report provides good practice examples which cover the areas of: feeling safe in the community, feeling safe at home, and feeling safe to report incidents of hate crime. The research involved an ‘experts by experience’ reference group throughout the project which helped design the surveys, conduct interviews, and also shared their own experiences of hate crime. The report concludes by providing recommendations for government, the police and local authorities to influence change in policy and addressing learning disability hate crime. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
hate crime, learning disabilities, good practice, intervention, prevention, case studies, autistic spectrum conditions, police, local authorities, criminal justice;
Content types:
practice example, research
United Kingdom
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