On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD), Merseyside Police is reminding victims of disability motivated hate crime that nobody should be subject to abuse, hatred or fear, simply because of who they are.
This year the goal of the IDPWD, is to build a more inclusive and equitable world for people with disabilities and as a force Merseyside Police believes everyone in society has a role to play to help achieve this, including the police service.
Disability hate crime can come in many guises and motivated by hostility or prejudice based upon the victim’s disability or perceived disability.
Detective Superintendent Natalie Perischine, of the Protecting Vulnerable People team said: “We know that nationally disability hate crime is massively unreported. Crimes like this are incredibly personal in their nature and as such, victims often feel like they don’t want to report incidents to police or don’t know how to report them.
“There is no place in our society for hate crime and I want any victims of such crimes to know that Merseyside Police is committed to maintaining the right of all of our communities to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
“It is vital that we give our support to anyone who believes they have been subject to a hate crime – I want reassure the police that we are committed to taking action against those responsible for hate crime and building trust with the most vulnerable members of our communities.”
The force has recently carried out a variety of different activities across Merseyside as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, which included working with a number of partner agencies to ensure people have the confidence to report if they are a victim. There are a number of third party reporting centres across Merseyside, such as fire stations, citizens advice bureaus and hospitals, where people may feel more comfortable discussing the issue with an independent party.
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year. It is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.
Anyone who has been a victim of hate crime can contact Merseyside Police on 101, 999 in an emergency or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111. Stop Hate UK can also be contacted by calling 0800 138 1625.