Disability hate crime

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What is disability hate crime?

Disability hate crime is any crime that you think has happened to you, or someone else thinks has happened to you, because you have a disability. The person who does it could be a stranger or someone you know.

The law keeps your rights safe. The law is a set of rules that everyone has to follow.

Crimes are bad things people do that are against the law.

What might be a hate crime?

  • Someone coming to your house and not leaving when you ask them to

  • Someone hitting you or saying they are going to hit you

  • Someone taking or harming your things

  • Someone calling you bad names face-to-face, on the internet or by text message

If any of these things happen to you, you have been a victim of crime and you do not have to put up with it.

What can you do if you have been a victim of a disability hate crime?

  • Tell someone you trust and they can help make sure it does not happen again 

  • You can tell the police. You can phone 999 if it is an emergency.  An emergency is something that is serious or dangerous and needs to be stopped quickly. If it is not an emergency, you can call 101 or visit a police station and tell the police officer there

  • Tell your parents or carers, teachers or someone at your day centre