Rise in Reporting of Hate Crime against Disabled Children


Rise in Reporting of Hate Crime against Disabled Children

There has been nearly 150% rise in reported incidents of hate crime against disabled children over the last two years. This is according to data that was released by UK police forces and obtained by the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act.  The data shows that reported incidents rose from 181-450 in the last year.  These incidents included not only physical and verbal abuse in person but also abuse online. The Home Office said that the rise is due to families and victims feeling more able to speak out and report abuse. However as Amanda Batten of the Disabled Children’s Partnership told the BBC: ‘The idea that so many parents and children with disabilities are facing such a lack of support and outright abuse from the general public is truly heartbreaking.’





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