Safe Reporting Centre
Disability North Is a Safe Reporting Centre providing a supportive environment for people to report hate crime and Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) to police.The Police’s campaign - It’s never too late… End Disability Hate Crime - has been launched during Mencap’s Learning Disability Week where a variety of events are being held across the region supporting people with learning disabilities.Part of the Northumbria campaign involves more than 80 premises across the force area becoming Safe Reporting Centres.
What is a Hate Crime?
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person or group because of hostility or prejudice towards that person or groups.If anyone hurts or upsets you or damages your property because you are disabled, they are committing a Hate Crime.A victim does not have to be a member of a group that is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.
Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can be confusing and frightening.
By reporting them when they happen, you may be able to prevent more incidents from happening to you. Reporting the incident may also prevent further incidents happening to someone else. Our officers are there to help you, and we will take every opportunity to identify and arrest those responsible and bring them to justice. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.
Reporting makes a difference - to you, your friends, family communities and your life.
Anyone can report a hate crime!
Third Party reporting provides a way for people to report hate crimes and incidents to the Police indirectly or to other organisations. There are various reasons why you may not want to report it directly to the Police.
Safe Reporting Centres provide a supportive environment for people to report crime and Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) to police.
Wherever you see this logo, you can visit the centre where you can report incidents and access help and information.
The following links provide contact details to Safe Reporting Centre that have been set up by Northumbria Police.
Safe Reporting Centres in Sunderland
Safe Reporting Centres in South Tyneside
Safe Reporting Centres in Gateshead
Safe Reporting Centres in North Tyneside
Safe Reporting Centres in Newcastle
Safe Reporting Centres in Northumberland
Disability Hate Crime Campaign Page
Negative Press Portrayal
Over 90% of disabled people identify a link between negative press portrayal with hostility/hate crime according to a new survey by Disability Rights UK.
Disability Rights UK conducted a short survey of disabled people’s views after being contacted by members and other individual disabled people directed at press coverage of disabled people and welfare issues in particular.
Disabled people increasingly feel the press is discriminating and contributing to disability hate crimes and abuse. Sadly, disabled people believe that the situation is worsening with growing press negativity and that the Government is possibly behind negative portrayals of disabled people as a result of trying to justify cuts in essential welfare support.
Key findings from disabled people we surveyed were that:
over three quarters (77%) could cite negative press articles about disabled people; only a third (35%) a positive story;
94% suggested press portrayal of disability equality issues was ‘unfair’ and 76% said the volume of negativity was ‘significantly increasing’;
91% said there was a link between negative press portrayal of disabled people and rising hostility/hate crime; and
nearly half (42%) suggested the government was responsible for rising press negativity and hostility towards disabled people.
However, the single most identified cause of negative press coverage by disabled people and other respondents was a perceived link between negative press coverage and a Government agenda that requires a reduction in support and services for disabled people.
While our survey respondents held divergent views on how to tackle poor quality press coverage of disabled people there were issues on which respondents agreed, including the need to:
provide adequate balance and redress for correcting inaccurate stories and articles;
ensure swift action to tackle inaccurate, misleading or potentially discriminatory articles;
regulate independently; and to allow group action against articles where individuals cannot or will not seek individual redress.
Neil Coyle, Disability Rights UK Director of Policy and Campaigns, said: “With a further £10 billion proposed to come from welfare expenditure, it is vital that the press are not used to whip up hostility to providing essential support for disabled people. The divisive headlines have generated some abuse of disabled people and we hope the new Press Complaints Commission will have the powers to take action to prevent further demonistation.”
Our report Press portrayal of disabled people: A rise in hostility fuelled by austerity? is available at www.disabilityrightsuk.org
Let’s Stop Disability Hate Crime
Disability Rights UK (in association with the Office for Disability Issues) has published a series of three Let’s stop disability hate crime guides.
This includes a guide for disabled people that: explains what makes a crime a disability hate crime, how to avoid being a victim, what to do if you are a target, how to report it and provide evidence, and what happens if the offender is prosecuted.
Let’s stop disability hate crime guides are free to download at www.disabilityrightsuk.org
Leap in Disabled Hate Crimes Shows Need for Paralympics effect
Source: The Independent 14th September 2012
Hate crimes against disabled people rose by more than a third last year, exposing the hostility they face in modern Britain despite the goodwill created by the recent Paralympics. A new poll following the games found that eight out of 10 British adults thought that Paralympics 2012 had had a positive impact on the way disabled people were viewed by the public. Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity Scope, said: "Our polling has shown that attitudes towards disabled people have deteriorated over recent years and that many disabled people experience harassment, hostility and abuse on a regular basis. We know if unchallenged these low-level incidents can often escalate into more serious crimes."
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