At the disability hate crime conference today, there were talks from Inspector Ian Sandwell (Kent Police), Susan Shirley (Citizens Advice Bureau) and Ann Barnes (Kent Police and Crime Commissioner).
Attendees also heard personal accounts from people about being victims of crime. We would like to thank Mark, Ian and Karl for sharing their stories with us.
The project follows on from the 3-year research into disability hate crimes (funded by the Big Lottery Research Fund). There are 2 distinct areas of work:
- Raising awareness of learning disabilities and autism amongst professional agencies such as Kent Police, Crown Prosecution Service, public transport and Victim Support. This work will help them to improve the reporting process and support individuals helpfully.
- Raising awareness of disability hate crime and the need to report it amongst people with learning disabilities and autism, school children, parents/carers. Reporting of incidents has gone up in the Kent area over the last year, as people's confidence in reporting has grown.
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