the following message was published by Thames Valley Police on the Tuesday 22nd of October
Do you know anyone that is being targeted because of their disability?
Thames Valley Police continues to raise awareness about disability hate crime and encouraging friends, family, and support workers to report any incidents where they believe someone they know, is being targeted because of their disability
Everybody deserves the right to enjoy their lives free from the fear of crime, harassment, intimidation, violence or being bullied. We don’t want victims to suffer in silence. Only, if the incident or hate crime is reported to us, we can take action and bring offenders to justice. So if you know someone that is being targeted because they have a disability then please tell us by calling 101.
Hate crime in all its forms in unacceptable and Thames Valley Police will not tolerate any hate crime or incident. If we know about it, we can do something about it and protect and support victims. We cannot turn a blind eye to people being mistreated in this manner and we can all work together to bring a stop to disability hate crime.
We need to support those with physical, mental or learning disabilities by contacting police it if you witness them being targeted. If witnesses of disability hate crime don’t report the offence, victims will continue to suffer in silence.
There is more information about disability hate crime, how to spot the signs someone may be a victim, how to report disability hate crime and how to obtain support for victims and witnesses on our website: http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/aboutus/aboutus-ead/aboutus-ead-hate-crime/aboutus-ead-disability-hate-crime.htm
If you know someone that is a victim of hate crime or any incidents because of their disability, please report this immediately to us via 101. Alternatively, you may report this via independent charities such as Stop Hate UK and True Vision in confidence.
More information about how to report disability hate crime incidents via Stop Hate UK and True Vision can found here:
You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111 No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
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