One in 11 disabled people are victims of hate crime

One in 11 disabled people has been a victim of hate crime, Leonard Cheshire Disability said today as it published its annual stocktake on the lives of disabled people.

A survey of 1253 people for the charity’s Disability Review 2009 found 9% had been the victim of a hate crime.

Director of policy at Leonard Cheshire Disability John Knight described the figure as “deeply worrying”.

He said: “There is a clear need for more robust identification and recording of disability hate crimes, better support for disabled people who are victims of crime and improved access to justice.”

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