Disability Hate Crime is defined as – ‘Any incident or criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability.”

Neighbourhood Watch is working with the Disability Hate Crime Network (DHCN) to promote greater awareness of this issue to our supporters and encourage increased reporting of crimes against disabled people.

The DHCN works with other disabled peoples organisations, charities, academic establishments and a range of official and non-official bodies including Police and CPS representatives to achieve positive action and outcomes for disabled people.

Jayne Pascoe, NHWN’s Strategic Partnerships Director, said: “Targeting people because of their disability is completely unacceptable and we’re working hard to do our bit and encourage Neighbourhood Watch supporters to help stop it.”

If you believe yourself to be a victim or have witnessed an incident you can report this to your local police on 101 or 999 in the event of an emergency.

Alternatively, you can use the True Vision website.

We have worked with DHCN to prepare the toolkit below for use by Neighbourhood Watch groups to share information and improve awareness of disability hate crime.

True Vision has also created an easy-read Disability Hate Crime Book – and how to report it – read it below.

The government has published its own Hate Crime Action Plan. You can read it – or an easy-read version – here.

if you’re interested in the research read Victim Support’s Insight Report – An Easy Target? EHRC’s Hidden in Plain Sight and the University of Leicester Hate Crime research – both are listed below.

You can watch Gloucestershire Constabulary’s YouTube video on Disability Hate Crime here.