Disability Hate Crime (10237_17)

Request

Please tell me how many disability hate crimes were reported to you in each of the last three financial years.

Disability hate crime refers to any offence (for example, verbal abuse, assault or criminal damage) aggravated by hostility based on the victim’s protected characteristic disability (or presumed disability).

For each crime, please include the age of the victim and the recorded summary of the incident including the type of location ( NB – I do not want specific details, but general details such as school, in the street, domestic property, shopping centre will suffice)

Please also tell me if the crime was detected or not. If detected, please can you tell me what action was taken, i.e. fixed penalty notice, caution, custodial sentence etc.

If undetected please tell me whether the case has been closed or remains open.

NB – If you are not able to give me the specific age of the victim, please tell me whether they are 16 and under or 17 and over.

If you are not able to give a generic location, please supply what information you can from the recorded summary.

Response

Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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