Advocates Create Hate Crime Centers
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 5, 2005
HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND--Advocates in Huddersfield and Dewsbury are establishing what are being touted as the first two centers in Britain for people to report disability-related hate crimes.
The centers would provide a number of ways for people to receive help in reporting such information to police.
Recent studies have found that a high percentage of people with disabilities are verbally, physically or sexually assaulted or harassed every year. Still, there are low rates of arrests, prosecutions and convictions in part because caregivers are the perpetrators, and because police and others seldom take people with disabilities seriously.
"Disability hate crime isn't usually thought of, as most people think of racial and homophobic hate crimes," said a spokesperson for the Community Safety Partnership. "We want to increase awareness levels, let people know it is an issue."
"Welcome for plans to support 'disabled hate crime' victims" (Yorkshire Post)